The ascent of John Tyndall

6.00pm to 7.00pm, Thursday 22 March

The Conversation Room

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

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  • The Matterhorn
    Credit: Sir Roland Jackson


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

John Tyndall was a leading scientific figure in Victorian Britain. Among much else, he established the physical basis of the greenhouse effect, and explained why the sky is blue. To celebrate the launch of his new biography, Sir Roland Jackson will explore the scientific achievements and impact of this colourful physicist, communicator, and mountaineer, who ascended from humble beginnings to the heart of Victorian society.

About the speakers

Roland Jackson is a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institution and Honorary Research Associate at UCL, studying the work of John Tyndall, and has recently published an academic paper on Tyndall’s contribution to our understanding of magnetism (open access), and a previous one on the Royal Medal episode (£).

He is also Executive Chair of Sciencewise and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

You can follow him on Twitter @Roland_Jackson and you can even follow John Tyndall himself @ProfTyndall.


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

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