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Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Scientific Instrument Expert Paolo Brenni
December 07, 2021The science historian was a member of the Institute’s Collections Committee.
Atlas Obscura: How Scholars Cracked a Medieval Alchemist’s Secret Code
November 15, 2021Online magazine features Institute fellows Megan Piorko and Sarah Lang, who helped decode a puzzling Latin cipher.
HISTORY This Week: The Sky Is Falling
October 18, 2021History Channel podcast features Institute’s oral history interview with Nobel laureate and ozone savior Mario Molina.
The Conversation: Deciphering the Philosophers’ Stone
October 14, 2021Institute fellows Megan Piorko and Sarah Lang help crack a 400-year-old alchemical cipher.
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Pioneering Biotech Attorney Alan Mendelson
October 11, 2021The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away October 8, 2021, at the age of 73.
Institute Awarded Turning Points in History Grant from Villanova’s Lepage Center
October 08, 2021Funds will support the museum’s ‘Knowing Water: A Digital Exploration of History, Science, and Environmental Justice along the Delaware River’ project.
Institute Receives NEH SHARP Grant for ‘Innate: How Science Invented the Myth of Race’ Project
October 06, 2021$359K+ award will support the exploration of the history and legacy of racism in American science and medicine.
Science History Institute Mounts New Outdoor Exhibition
September 28, 2021An extension of the Institute’s ‘Downstream’ exhibition, ‘Water Pics’ showcases a series of anti-pollution posters created in the 1950s by the Pennsylvania Sanitary Water Board.
Institute’s ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Featured in Multiple Media Outlets
September 27, 2021Coverage of our new water analysis and protection exhibition includes WHYY, the ‘Philadelphia Inquirer,’ and others.
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Biotech Giant Frederick Frank
September 21, 2021The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away September 11, 2021, at the age of 89.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Must-See Museum Exhibits in Philly This Fall
September 20, 2021At the Science History Institute, ‘Downstream’ explores 200 years of water analysis, protection, and regulation.
WHYY: Exhibition Traces a 200-Year History of Water Pollution in Philadelphia
September 13, 2021Local public media outlet features Institute’s new ‘Downstream’ exhibition.
Philly Materials Day Online: Experiments for Home
August 06, 2021Institute’s ‘Science at Home: The Magic of Alchemy’ video is featured on the annual-event-turned-digital-experience website.
C&EN: Rare Earths’ Magic Comes at a Cost
July 28, 2021American Chemical Society publication features ‘Distillations’ podcast on rare earth elements as part of its ‘Stereo Chemistry’ series.
Take a Watery Journey through History and Science with Institute’s New ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Opening September 14
July 27, 2021Exhibition will explore more than 200 years of water analysis and protection.
10K Records Published to Institute’s Digital Collections
July 13, 2021Postcard dated January 6, 1913, from chemist Walther Nernst to Jewish German scientist Georg Bredig is 10,000th record.
ExxonMobil’s Carla Pereira to Receive 18th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal
June 22, 2021Technology leader to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry and the Science History Institute during Innovation Day on September 14 in Philadelphia.
New Biography by Institute’s Library Director Unveils Life and Legacy of Unknown Woman Scientist
June 18, 2021Michelle DiMeo’s ‘Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister’ tells the compelling story of a forgotten 17th-century thinker.
Science History Institute’s Museum to Reopen July 1
June 15, 2021Visitors are invited back to historic Old City Philadelphia to explore the broad history of science.
Institute Receives National Archives Grant to Digitize Oral Histories of Immigrant Scientists
June 08, 2021$130K+ award is part of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s efforts to improve public access to historical records.