The story so far

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

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin 12th May 1910 – 29 July 1994

A British scientist, she used the new technique of x-ray crystallography and the first powerful computers to discover the molecular structures of penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin. With the discovery of these structures, scientists were then able to modify and synthesise new varieties of - helping to save countless lives.

Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy

The Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, are a natural history museum forming part of University College London. It was founded as a teaching collection in 1828 and holds around 67,000 specimens some rare, some unusual and some extinct.

American Institute of Physics

Our collection from the American Institute of Physics. It represents a rich selection of portraits of the most famous scientists of the twentieth century. They are seen in their laboratories, peering through telescopes, scribbling on blackboards, observing a spinning toy top or relaxing with colleagues and family. These are the men and women who have influenced and shaped the way we think and the world we live in.

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