John Tyndall: Provocative Victorian Physicist

7.00pm to 9.30pm, Wednesday 2 October

The Conversation room

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

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Free. The ticket link can be found in the event description.

Event description

Sir Roland Jackson will discuss John Tyndall (c.1822-1893). He is best known for his work on the absorption of heat by gases, underpinning our current understanding of the greenhouse effect, climate change, weather, and meteorology. He was also one of the most visible public intellectuals of his age, expressing trenchant views on the relationship between science and religion.

This event is in collaboration with Institute of Physics London and Southeast Branch. Register for tickets here.

About the speakers

Roland is a biochemist by background, with extensive experience in public involvement in policy issues relating to science and technology, in bioethics, and in the history of science.

He is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Royal Institution, and has written a major biography of John Tyndall, one of the Ri’s most significant figures. He is a general editor of the Tyndall Correspondence, being published in 20 volumes. He has worked frequently with the Royal Institution over many years, particularly in his previous roles as Head of Learning and then Head of Museum at the Science Museum, and as Chief Executive of the British Science Association.

Roland has a strong commitment to public involvement in science and technology, and in encouraging informed dialogue between the public, scientists, and those who make decisions about the funding, direction, and policy implications of science and technology.


The doors will open at 7.00pm for tea and refreshments, with a prompt start at 7.30pm.


The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

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