In the archives

Tales from the Ri’s historic collections. Explore the intriguing, sometimes unexpected stories of past Ri scientists, iconic objects, and documents.

Spotlight on Louisa Tyndall

Posted by
Roland Jackson
Date posted
17.10.2014

Roland Jackson explores the life of Louisa Tyndall, the wife of prominent Ri scientist John Tyndall.

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Spotlight on Ada Lovelace

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
25.09.2014
Portrait of Ada Lovelace, public domain

Ada Lovelace has been called the 'world's first computer programmer', and is an icon for women in science. Professor Frank James delves into her life and links with the Ri ahead of Ada Lovelace Day on 14 October 2014.

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Ri radio enthusiasts in World War I

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
12.09.2014
Admiralty Ripley building In Whitehall,

Laurence Scales highlights the contribution of Ri radio enthusiasts to signals intelligence in the opening weeks of World War I.

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John Tyndall: written back into the history of magnetism

Posted by
Roland Jackson
Date posted
26.08.2014
John Tyndall

John Tyndall's crucial work on magnetism has been all but written out of the history books. Roland Jackson puts the record straight.

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The battle of camouflage

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
15.08.2014
Tank with solomon camouflage

Laurence Scales investigates Solomon J Solomon, the artist in awe of the feats of mass strategic camouflage he suspected the Germans achieved in WWI.

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Sensitive flames and invisible worlds

Posted by
Philip Ball
Date posted
11.08.2014
Blog listing image_diagram of sensitive flame

'Psychical' science or physical phenomena? Philip Ball investigates William Barrett's sensitive flames that lit a fire of controversy in the 1800s.

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Spotlight on Harriet Jane Moore

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
23.07.2014

Harriet Jane Moore painted some of the most iconic ever images of a science laboratory. Professor Frank James explores her life and achievements.

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Ladies with attitude

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
02.07.2014
Edith Stoney & Ayton Hertha

On this day in 1928 women in the UK were given full electoral equality with men for the first time. Laurence Scales highlights the Ri women whose committed campaigning we have to thank for such a milestone.

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Agnes Clerke – an intense light on Victorian astronomy

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
27.06.2014

Laurence Scales continues his Ri members series with a profile of renowned astronomer and writer Agnes Clerke.

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Unravelling 200 years of the social network

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
09.06.2014
Arnold_Henry_Savage_Landor_with his cats

Laurence Scales discovers a Victorian social network bursting with eccentric characters in the archives of Ri membership forms – when he can read the handwriting, that is.

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