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Explore this center for scholars, which houses a public lecture series, weekly lunchtime talk series, writing group, book series, and more.
Take a peek inside the Othmer Library collections

Search our rare books, journals, reference collection, and archives.
Explore this expanding collection

Learn more about the development and curation of our oral history collection.
Connect past and present

Take a look at the legacy of inventor and philanthropist Dr. Arnold O. Beckman.
Learn about our scholars

Meet the diverse members of the Science History Institute’s research fellow community.
Explore our research projects

Learn about the ways in which our researchers and public historians use our collections and scholarly works.


Why did alchemists want to find the philosopher’s stone? How did people in the past understand what made them sick? What does it mean to preserve the natural environment in the 21st century? These are just a few of the questions that scholars at the Science History Institute think about in their research.

Conducting and sharing research sits at the core of the Institute’s mission to preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. The Institute is home to dozens of scholars who use its varied collections of oral histories, modern and rare books, archival materials, art, and artifacts to examine the roles science and technology have played in the past, how they affect our modern world, and the ways they will shape the future.


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