‘A fascinating journey’: Science Museum opens to the public
Posted On July 18, 2021
Detroit’s Science Museum is opening its doors to the general public for the first time in its history to coincide with the unveiling of the museum’s new “A fascinating Journey” exhibition.
The new exhibition will highlight the impact of the work of the Museum’s founding director Dr Robert Maughan, the world’s oldest living scientist.
Dr Maughann’s contributions to the field of chemistry, biology, physiology, genetics and medicine have been recognised with the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the greatest scientific and artistic achievements of the 20th century.
Dr Nicko Maugham, director of the Science Museum, said: “The science of the world is rich and diverse, and the science of history is equally as fascinating.
I’m delighted that our new exhibit will help us continue to explore these wonderful areas.”
Dr Maugheran started working in the UK in 1951 when he was appointed head of the Chemistry Department at the University of Manchester.
His research was carried out under the leadership of John Tyndall, the renowned British chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1921.
Dr Tyndell’s contribution to modern chemistry was so profound that he was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1932.
The chemistry professor’s work was instrumental in the development of modern biochemistry, which was the subject of his book The Structure of Things and a subsequent book, Elements.
Dr. Tyndal had been instrumental in establishing the University Chemical Laboratory at Manchester in the early 1930s and later became director of Oxford University.
He is credited with establishing the field’s first chemistry department and in the 1950s he established the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Oxford University, a centre of excellence in modern genetics.
Dr Andrew Tyndalling, Director of the Maughaman Institute of Chemistry, said the new exhibit would highlight the contributions of the late Dr Robert.
Dr John Tyldall, who was an outstanding chemist and biochemist, was one of Dr Robert’s most important collaborators, said Dr Nicko.
Dr Robert Maughan died in 2017 and the Museum has commissioned a new collection of his works.
The exhibition will include the collection of Robert’s notebooks, which will feature photographs of his lab work, including his notebooks from the 1940s and 1950s.
A collection of rare and unpublished materials, including samples from the collection, will also be included.
Dr Jock Whelan, CEO of the British Chemistry Council, said it was a truly remarkable achievement for the Museum to open its doors so close to its 100th anniversary.
“This is a rare opportunity to bring together the Museum with the world of chemistry and biology and to see how the Museum continues to inspire, engage and educate students and the general community through a wide range of exhibitions and exhibitions in the future,” he said.
The museum is one of five museums across the UK to be opened in the coming months.
The other five are:The Natural History Museum in Birmingham; the Royal National Museum of Science in Norwich; the British Library; the Natural History Research Centre in Southampton; and the National Museum in Liverpool.