Royal Institution of Great Britain, London

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain is an organisation devoted to scientific education and research, based in London. It was founded in 1799 by the leading British scientists of the age including Henry Cavendish and its first president, George Finch, the 9th Earl of Winchilsea, for
Much of the Institution's initial funding and the initial proposal for its founding were given by the Society for Bettering the Conditions and Improving the Comforts of the Poor, under the guidance of philanthropist Sir Thomas Bernard and American-born British scientist Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. Since its founding it has been based at 21 Albemarle Street in Mayfair. Its Royal Charter was granted in 1800.
Throughout its history, the Institution has supported public engagement with science through a programme of lectures, many of which continue today. The most famous of these are the annual Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, founded by Michael Faraday.
The Institution has had an instrumental role in the advancement of science since its founding. Notable scientists who have worked there include Sir Humphry Davy (who discovered sodium and potassium), Michael Faraday, James Dewar, Sir William Henry Bragg and Sir William Lawrence Bragg (who jointly won the Nobel prize for their work on x-ray diffraction), Max Perutz, John Kendrew, Antony Hewish, and George Porter.
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  • I am so glad that I tagged onto a conducted tour - because the tour leader was excellent. She had stories about the lives of the people who'd worked there which made the rather dry captions come...  more »
  • It had always been an ambition of mine to attend one of the lectures at the Royal Institution, and I finally managed to do this last week, the building is amazing, the staff were fantastic and the...  more »
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  • A. Ma. Zing. We've been here many times now as my daughter is a member and we love each trip. This talk was riveting for each of our group, Kevin kept us all entertained and enthralled. The podcast is a fantastic listen too and will worth it. We can't wait to visit again.
  • Science comes to life for young and old in the elegant surroundings of the 18th century (I think) building. If you can't manage a talk or a children's workshop,pop in for coffee and look at various exhibits and the wall sized periodic table (try to keep up with the song reciting the elements!)

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