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Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Heritage Council Member Bernard Bigot
May 24, 2022
The respected French scientist passed away suddenly on May 14, 2022.
Science History Institute Joins Independent Research Libraries Association
May 04, 2022
IRLA membership places Institute on prestigious list of some of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished historical societies.
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Institute’s ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Receives PA Museums Award
April 04, 2022
Annual awards program recognizes special achievements of museums and historical organizations across Pennsylvania.
Between Us and Catastrophe exhibition
‘Philadelphia Weekly’ Spotlights Institute’s Oral History Program, ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ Exhibition
March 21, 2022
Staff members share why recording history is so important, especially during a pandemic.
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Emory University’s Dennis Liotta to Receive 2022 SCI Perkin Medal
March 17, 2022
The prestigious award will be presented as part of the Institute’s annual Innovation Day program on September 13.
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Ex Libris Universum: Museum Tour
March 03, 2022
American Institute of Physics’ blog includes the Science History Institute on its list of ‘some of the coolest virtual museums on the internet.’
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Science History Institute Mourns Death of Board Member Babatunde Ogunnaike
February 23, 2022
The Nigerian-born chemical engineer passed away February 20, 2022, at the age of 65.
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Institute’s Digital Collections on List of ‘Hidden Gems’ in Creative Commons Open Culture Remix Art Contest
February 15, 2022
Licensing organization’s #CCSharesCulture competition celebrates better sharing of global cultural heritage.
Illustration of tapping serum from a horse in a pharmacy
Institute’s Digital Exhibition on Vaccines Gets Boost from Google Arts & Culture
January 27, 2022
‘Animals and the Making of Human Vaccines’ is featured in the online platform’s history of vaccination project.
Jay Keasling
Metabolic Engineer Jay Keasling to Receive Science History Institute’s Prestigious Othmer Gold Medal
January 21, 2022
Noted synthetic biotechnology pioneer to be recognized as part of Institute’s annual Heritage Day celebration on May 11, 2022.
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Science History Institute Names SK Capital’s Barry Siadat 2022 Bolte Award Winner
January 21, 2022
Noted academic and entrepreneur to be recognized as part of the Institute’s annual Heritage Day celebration on May 11, 2022.
Chemistry International: Downstream
January 19, 2022
Research curator Jesse Smith takes readers of IUPAC’s digital news magazine on a watery journey of history and science with Institute’s latest exhibition.
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Science History Institute Announces Aloke Lohia Is 2022 Petrochemical Heritage Award Honoree
January 03, 2022
The Indorama Ventures founder and CEO will be honored March 27, 2022, at AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio.
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Science History Institute Receives $40K PHMC Grant
December 14, 2021
Prestigious award from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to provide operational support for our museum.
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Science History Institute Announces Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold Will Present 2022 Ullyot Lecture
December 10, 2021
Annual talk is cosponsored by Penn, USciences, and ACS Philadelphia and Delaware.
Paolo Brenni
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Scientific Instrument Expert Paolo Brenni
December 07, 2021
The science historian was a member of the Institute’s Collections Committee.
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Atlas Obscura: How Scholars Cracked a Medieval Alchemist’s Secret Code
November 15, 2021
Online magazine features Institute fellows Megan Piorko and Sarah Lang, who helped decode a puzzling Latin cipher.
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Science History Institute and Pittsburgh Conference to Present Pittcon Heritage Award to Fasha Mahjoor
November 04, 2021
Noted architect and Phenomenex founder to be recognized at 2022 conference in Atlanta.
Mario Molina, left, and F. Sherwood Rowland at the University of California, Irvine, January 1975.
HISTORY This Week: The Sky Is Falling
October 18, 2021
History Channel podcast features Institute’s oral history interview with Nobel laureate and ozone savior Mario Molina.
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The Conversation: Deciphering the Philosophers’ Stone
October 14, 2021
Institute fellows Megan Piorko and Sarah Lang help crack a 400-year-old alchemical cipher.