Science, society and the Royal Institution

12.00pm to 12.45pm, Tuesday 30 September

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Faraday giving a Christmas Lecture

    Faraday giving a Christmas Lecture

    Credit: Royal Institution
  • The Royal Institution in 1931

    The Royal Institution in 1931

    Credit: Royal Institution
  • WL Bragg giving a Christmas Lecture in 1961
    Credit: Royal Institution
  • James Dewar

    James Dewar in his lab at the Ri

    Credit: Royal Institution


£12 Standard

£8 Concession

£6 Associate members

Free to Ri Fellows, Members and Faraday Members

Event description

At a time of revolutionary politics and global conflict, the Royal Institution was set up as a site for communicating scientific knowledge to an aristocratic and upper class audience. Join Frank James for this illustrated lunchtime talk in which he will discuss its origins and what has changed since.

About the speaker

Frank James is Professor of the History of Science and Head of Collections at the Royal Institution, having received a PhD for a thesis on the development of spectroscopy at Imperial College London. 

His main research has been editing the Correspondence of Michael Faraday which is now complete in six volumes. He is currently writing a book on Humphry Davy’s practical work

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