In the archives

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

John Tyndall resurrected

Posted by
Roland Jackson
Date posted
21.01.2015

In the lead up to the launch of the first volume of Tyndall's correspondence, Ri historian Roland Jackson asks how many people really appreciate John Tyndall’s significance?

Join us on Wednesday 4 March 2015 for a series of expert talks on Tyndall’s early life, his relationship with the Ri and the future of collaborative humanities research.

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Henry Perigal, the Respected Crank

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
16.12.2014
henry perigal, mathematics

Laurence Scales explores the life of an unorthodox character in the history of scientific theorists.

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Hacking at the Royal Institution

Posted by
Charlotte New
Date posted
07.11.2014

Charlotte New, our curator of collections, explores the history of the Ri and hacking ahead of our 2014 Sparks will Fly CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

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Motor spirit at the Royal Institution

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
27.10.2014

Laurence Scales takes a look at the Ri members who turned the crank handle for motoring and the Royal Automobile Club.

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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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