History

The story so far

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

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.

British Library Image Collection

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. With over 13,000 images available online, we have everything from a map of King Solomon’s fabled mines, Vesalius's stunning 16th-century anatomical illustrations,historical maps including Mercator's Atlas of Europe (1570-1572), photographs from the sugar cane harvest in India c.1910 and many more.


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