Science Year

Photo of Lord Kelvin [courtesy Glasgow University Library Special Collections] <<< Photo of Lord Kelvin courtesy of Glasgow University Library Special Collections (original photograph ref. MS Kelvin App. 1/4)

Science Year is a UK-wide educational initiative to promote science, technology, and engineering in 2002. So for June 2002, we're highlighting some of the many pioneering scientists and engineers whose records are described on the Hub. Rewind to the past - and fast forward to the future!

  • John Logie Baird (1888-1946), pioneer of television
  • Joseph Black (1728-1799), anatomist and chemist who developed the theory of latent heat
  • David Brewster (1781-1868), inventor of the kaleidoscope
  • John Dalton (1766-1844), chemist and mathematician who developed atomic theory
  • William Herschel (1738-1822), musician and astronomer who discovered Uranus
  • And his son John Herschel (1792-1871), astronomer and inventor of the blueprint
  • Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), biologist known as "Darwin's bulldog"
  • Joseph Needham (1900-1995), biochemist and leading figure in the history and philosophy of science
  • Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), pioneer of modern nursing [letters concerning a typhoid epidemic in Bangor, Wales]
  • George Porter (born 1920), Director of the Royal Institute 1966-1985, and presenter of two of the Royal Institute's Christmas Lectures
  • Edward Sang (1805-1890), mathematician and engineer who used the gyroscope to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth
  • Richard Southwood (born 1931), zoologist and ecologist who produced a key official report on lead pollution
  • Peter Guthrie Tait (1831-1901), physicist who researched into the flight of the golf ball
  • William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) (1824-1907), mathematician and physicist, developed the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable
  • Solly Zuckerman (1904-1993), zoologist, anatomist, pioneer of operational research; records relating to Solly Zuckerman were featured as February 2002's feature

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