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Science History Institute Debuts A Closer Read Series in New Museum Space

Ned Heindel with parts of his old medical collection including blood letting device and pill roller
July 6, 2023

Science History Institute Mourns Death of Board Committee Member Ned Heindel

The longtime Institute supporter passed away on June 27, 2023, at the age of 85.

June 28, 2023

Institute’s Beckman Center Receives NEH Grant for Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

$200K+ award to fund stipends for history of science scholars for next three years.

June 20, 2023

Science History Institute Presents 2023 Curious Histories Awards to Trailblazers Geraldine Richmond, David Jukes, and K. Barry Sharpless

Othmer Gold Medal, Bolte Award, and AIC Gold Medal winners honored for outstanding achievements during Institute’s annual Curious Histories Fest on June 10.

museum visitors
June 15, 2023

Water History, Oyster Tasting, and Aquatic Bugs Draw Large Crowds at Institute’s First Annual Curious Histories Fest

Science lovers of all ages gather for ‘A Taste of Water,’ a daylong celebration of H2O.

compilation image of new board members 2023
June 14, 2023

Science History Institute Welcomes 3 New Board Members

Business, technology, and pharmaceutical leaders Michael DeSimone, John Henry, and Catherine Sohn will help support the Institute’s mission and strengthen our industry relationships.

June 12, 2023

Science History Institute Welcomes 2023–2024 Beckman Center Fellows

Our incoming fellows study a wide range of topics in the history and social studies of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

Moore Medal
June 9, 2023

Dow R&D Fellow Kaoru Aou to Receive 20th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

Groundbreaking polyurethane researcher to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry and the Science History Institute during Innovation Day on September 12 in Philadelphia.

proclamation showing illustration of William Penn
May 22, 2023

Philadelphia Mayor Declares June 10 ‘Science History Day’

Official proclamation invites the public to join the Institute for ‘Curious Histories Fest: A Taste of Water,’ a free, daylong celebration focused on the science and history of water.

Gordon Moore at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in 2005.
March 28, 2023

Science History Institute Remembers Board of Advisors Member Gordon Moore

The Intel cofounder passed away March 24, 2023, at the age of 94.

March 22, 2023

Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold to Receive 2023 SCI Perkin Medal

The Caltech professor and Ullyot lecturer will receive the prestigious award as part of the Institute’s Innovation Day conference on September 12.

February 1, 2023

‘Jewish Exponent’ Features Institute’s ‘Science and Survival’ Exhibition

Collections staff quoted in article about how the outdoor exhibition gives voice to the Bredig family’s struggle to escape the Nazis.

January 10, 2023

Science History Institute Featured in ‘Philadelphia’ Magazine

Interview with new board member Sam Tharpe spotlights the Institute’s partnership with the Society of Flavor Chemists to preserve the history of food science.

January 5, 2023

Science History Institute and Pittsburgh Conference to Present Pittcon Heritage Award to Fasha Mahjoor

Noted architect and Phenomenex founder to be recognized at 2023 conference in Philadelphia.

November 29, 2022

Science History Institute Announces Dow CEO Jim Fitterling Is 2023 Petrochemical Heritage Award Honoree

The prestigious award will be presented jointly with the Founders Club on March 27, 2023, during AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio.

November 17, 2022

‘Downstream’ Wins 2022 SHOT Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits

Prestigious award from the Society for the History of Technology recognizes exhibitions that raise important historical issues.

November 14, 2022

Sam Tharpe Joins Science History Institute’s Board of Directors

The flavor chemist will also serve as chairman of the Institute’s Affiliates Council.

A Beckman Center fellow conducts research in the Othmer Library.
October 28, 2022

Science History Institute’s Beckman Center Now Accepting Applications for 2023–2024 Fellowships

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2023.

October 21, 2022

Friends of the Wissahickon Features Guest Blog Post by Institute’s Curatorial Affairs Director

Jesse Smith shares his insights into microplastics and the history of water protection through our ‘Downstream’ exhibition.