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Mask makers shown with a sewing machine and their dog
Science History Institute Debuts New Outdoor Exhibition
October 22, 2020
‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ showcases portraits of the pandemic’s essential workers.
Bob Gore 1982
BBC: Institute President David Cole Remembers Inventor Bob Gore
October 05, 2020
The GORE-TEX inventor passed away on September 17, 2020.
Catherine Keenan headshot
Catherine Keenan Joins Institute’s Board of Directors
October 05, 2020
The consulting firm founder previously served on the Institute’s board of overseers and rebranding committee.
Robert W. Gore demonstrating the expansion of ePTFE, ca. 1982.
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Bob Gore
September 22, 2020
The award-winning scientist and engineer, best known as the inventor of GORE-TEX, was a longtime member of the Institute’s board of overseers.
Science History Institute and Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie Announce Winners of 2020 Franklin-Lavoisier Prize
June 18, 2020
Mary Jo Nye and Alan Rocke will be honored jointly at a ceremony in Paris in February 2022.
Michael Somogyi and Unidentified Women in Laboratory
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Readers Rapidly Identify Renowned Scientist
May 22, 2020
A crowdsourcing campaign on social media results in identification of a previously unnamed female scientist in photo from 1940s.
David Cole headshot
David Allen Cole Named President and CEO of the Science History Institute
May 18, 2020
The former executive director of the Hagley Museum and Library is “thrilled to be stepping into a leadership role at an institution with a reputation for excellence.”
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Anonymous Too Long—STL Women Shorted on Credit for Scientific Work
May 15, 2020
The Institute’s social media editor interviewed about campaign to identify unnamed women scientists in photo.
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A Message from the Science History Institute about COVID-19
March 16, 2020
As of March 16, 2020, our building is closed and all public events have been moved online, postponed, or canceled until further notice.
Science History Institute Museum
Condé Nast Traveler: 15 Best Museums in Philadelphia
January 23, 2020
The Science History Institute is featured on the travel magazine’s list of Philly’s top museums for the second year in a row.
Museum display of alchemical objects
CBS3: Science History Institute Blends History of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences
January 08, 2020
Institute’s museum featured on local Philadelphia station during its 5:00 p.m. newscast.
New York Times: Is It Time to Upend the Periodic Table?
August 27, 2019
The Institute’s Brigitte Van Tiggelen is quoted in this article on Mendeleev’s chart and the variations proposed in the 150 years since.
The Oprah Magazine: 20 Best History Podcasts That’ll Make You Rethink What You Learned in School
August 22, 2019
OprahMag.com features Distilllations in its roundup of favorite history podcasts.
Identification papers from the Bredig archive
Archive Smuggled from Nazi-Era Germany Is Acquired by the Science History Institute
July 02, 2019
The collection of Jewish German chemist Georg Bredig documents the early pioneers of physical chemistry in Europe and the struggles of Jews trying to escape the Nazis.
Periodic table with cellphones depicting US and China flags
Green Tech Media: A Strategic Approach to Rare Earth Elements as Global Trade Tensions Flare
June 24, 2019
Institute fellow Roger Turner shares his perspective on China’s domination of rare earth metal production and what it means for other countries.
Periodic table showing rare earth elements
GreenBiz: Reimagining Rare Earth Elements in a Sacrifice Zone-Free Future
February 06, 2019
Institute fellow Roger Turner talks about the effort to find sustainable rare earth mineral extraction.

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