Images from the historical collections of major scientific institutions, historians, palaeontologists and a comprehensive archive of portraits throughout the ages.

Albert Einstein: 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955

"The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing."
Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity changed our concepts of gravity, space and time. His mass-energy equation; E=mc2, derived from his 1905 paper on Special Relativity, led to nuclear fission and the atomic bomb. In 1921 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.

Royalty Free History Images

Science Photo Library's Royalty Free History collection offers you historical images that combine the unrivalled quality of Science Photo Library imagery with the flexibility of royalty free licensing.

The British Library - 19th Century China Artwork

This is a beautiful collection of opaque watercolour artworks of 19th-century China from the British Library. Dating from circa 1820, these include a wide range of images such as white and red lead production, grinding flour, to making various items like tobacco, smoking pipes and bamboo mats.

The Faraday Image Collection

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was probably the greatest experimenter of all time. His work in electricity and magnetism laid the foundations of modern physics, and allowed him to build the world’s first electric motor, generator and induction coil. He worked at the Royal Institution, London, where many iconic objects are preserved along with his notebooks.

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