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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.
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.
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Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Pioneering Biotech Attorney Alan Mendelson
October 11, 2021
The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away October 8, 2021, at the age of 73.
Slide from The Mighty Delaware lecture 1954
Institute Awarded Turning Points in History Grant from Villanova’s Lepage Center
October 08, 2021
Funds will support the museum’s ‘Knowing Water: A Digital Exploration of History, Science, and Environmental Justice along the Delaware River’ project.
Scientist Percy Julian in a lab 1930s
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.
Water Pics exhibition
Science History Institute Mounts New Outdoor Exhibition
September 28, 2021
An 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.
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Institute’s ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Featured in Multiple Media Outlets
September 27, 2021
Coverage of our new water analysis and protection exhibition includes WHYY, the ‘Philadelphia Inquirer,’ and others.
Frederick Frank speaking at the podium
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Biotech Giant Frederick Frank
September 21, 2021
The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away September 11, 2021, at the age of 89.
Model of Delaware River Basin, 1964.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Must-See Museum Exhibits in Philly This Fall
September 20, 2021
At the Science History Institute, ‘Downstream’ explores 200 years of water analysis, protection, and regulation.
Research curator Jesse Smith shows off Downstream exhibition
WHYY: Exhibition Traces a 200-Year History of Water Pollution in Philadelphia
September 13, 2021
Local public media outlet features Institute’s new ‘Downstream’ exhibition.
Philly Materials Day Online: Experiments for Home
August 06, 2021
Institute’s ‘Science at Home: The Magic of Alchemy’ video is featured on the annual-event-turned-digital-experience website.
Miners Hauling Electronics Amidst Pollution
C&EN: Rare Earths’ Magic Comes at a Cost
July 28, 2021
American Chemical Society publication features ‘Distillations’ podcast on rare earth elements as part of its ‘Stereo Chemistry’ series.
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Take a Watery Journey through History and Science with Institute’s New ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Opening September 14
July 27, 2021
Exhibition will explore more than 200 years of water analysis and protection.
Postcard from Walther Nernst to Georg Bredig
10K Records Published to Institute’s Digital Collections
July 13, 2021
Postcard dated January 6, 1913, from chemist Walther Nernst to Jewish German scientist Georg Bredig is 10,000th record.
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ExxonMobil’s Carla Pereira to Receive 18th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal
June 22, 2021
Technology leader to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry and the Science History Institute during Innovation Day on September 14 in Philadelphia.
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New Biography by Institute’s Library Director Unveils Life and Legacy of Unknown Woman Scientist
June 18, 2021
Michelle DiMeo’s ‘Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister’ tells the compelling story of a forgotten 17th-century thinker.
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Science History Institute’s Museum to Reopen July 1
June 15, 2021
Visitors are invited back to historic Old City Philadelphia to explore the broad history of science.
Georg Bredig’s immigrant identification card
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.
C.C. Dennis using mortar and pestle at Dearborn laboratory
Science History Institute Debuts ‘Mechanochemistry: The Science of Crush’ Digital Exhibition
May 26, 2021
Visitors can explore how this ancient technique of transforming materials is still central to our lives today.