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Chemistry World: Ida Noddack and the Trouble with Element 43
May 19, 2021
Royal Society of Chemistry’s magazine talks to the Institute’s Brigitte van Tiggelen about the little-known German chemist.
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Nature: An Incomparable Intellectual Who Fell through the Cracks of History
May 12, 2021
Leading science journal reviews book on Lady Ranelagh written by Institute’s library director.
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Welp Magazine: 20 Best Books- and History-Related Podcasts of 2021
May 11, 2021
‘Distillations,’ ‘The Disappearing Spoon’ series featured in online publication’s list of favorite podcasts.
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Inverse: Netflix’s Sci-Fi Epic Reveals a Real-Life Cosmic Danger
April 30, 2021
The Institute’s Lisa Ruth Rand talks space junk in this article about Korean blockbuster ‘Space Sweepers.’
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Institute President David Cole Delivers Talk on History of Inventions at Imagine Solutions Conference
April 08, 2021
Watch Cole’s presentation from the 2021 virtual thought-leader forum.
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Hidden City Philadelphia: A Year in Ruins
April 08, 2021
Kyle Cassidy, the photographer behind our ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ outdoor exhibition, recounts the struggles of healthcare workers battling the pandemic over the last year.
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Cynthia Cai Joins Institute’s Board of Directors
April 01, 2021
The Tharton Consulting founder and president also serves on the boards of several therapeutic companies.
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Science History Institute Receives CLIR Grant to Digitize Papers of Georg and Max Bredig
March 31, 2021
Collection smuggled out of Nazi Germany tells story of noted Jewish German scientist’s rise to prominence and the Bredig family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust.
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News at IU Bloomington: Newton Watermark Project Could Help Date Books More Accurately
February 22, 2021
Institute’s rare book curator is part of Indiana University-led research team using Isaac Newton’s alchemical manuscripts as a test case.
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Institute President David Cole to Speak at Imagine Solutions Conference 2021
February 08, 2021
This virtual thought-leader forum brings together world-class visionaries to share ideas on today’s most relevant issues.
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UWISHUNU: The Top Things to Do in Philly This Week & Weekend, November 2–8
November 09, 2020
Visit Philadelphia’s official tourism blog features Institute’s new outdoor exhibition ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’
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The Washington Post: The Idea of Herd Immunity to Manage the Coronavirus Should Ring Alarm Bells
October 30, 2020
Institute fellow Rebecca Kaplan explains the concept’s origins in veterinary medicine.
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PhillyVoice: Photos of Essential Workers to Be Displayed by the Science History Institute
October 23, 2020
Local news outlet features Institute’s new outdoor exhibition of large-scale portraits.
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Science History Institute Debuts New Outdoor Exhibition
October 22, 2020
‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ showcases portraits of the pandemic’s essential workers.
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BBC: Institute President David Cole Remembers Inventor Bob Gore
October 05, 2020
The GORE-TEX inventor passed away on September 17, 2020.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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