Science History Institute

aka The Institute   |   PHILADELPHIA, PA   |  https://www.sciencehistory.org/

Mission

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. The Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers; a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe; a community of researchers who examine historical and contemporary issues; award-winning digital content that includes videos, articles, and a podcast; an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public; and a state-of-the-art conference center.

Ruling year info

1987

President & CEO

Dr. David Cole

Main address

315 CHESTNUT ST

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106 USA

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Formerly known as

Center for the History of Chemistry

Chemical Heritage Foundation

EIN

22-2817365

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Our programs

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The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History

The Othmer Library houses our major collections of rare and modern books, papers of prominent scientists and organizations, and historical photographs. Together with our museum’s collections of artifacts, scientific instruments, and art, they form a valuable resource for studies in the history of science and technology. Staffed by a dedicated team of librarians and archivists, our library allows researchers to explore primary sources from the 15th through the 21st century.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The outreach arm of the Science History Institute, the Eddleman Institute is the operational home of the Museum and our magazine and podcast, Distillations. Museum and communications staff members work with their colleagues across the foundation to create exhibitions, public programs, and other materials that use the Institute's research and collections to reveal the role science and technology have played in shaping our world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Institute for Research initiates, coordinates, and conducts research to foster dialogue on science and technology in society. Our work is grounded in the idea that historical knowledge is crucial to understanding the roles science and technology play in our modern world and the ways they will help shape the future. Through the Center for Oral History and the Center for Applied History, staff and fellows capture history in the making and make it relevant to all.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Beckman Center attracts and supports a community of visiting fellows. In addition to pursuing their own historical research and publications, these fellows participate in the life of the Science History Institute, contributing to our public programs, social-media outlets, and magazine and podcast while enjoying being part of a leading research center in the history of science and technology.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Science History Institute

Board of directors
as of 5/13/2021
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Board chair

Richard Bolte

BDP International

Term: 2018 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
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    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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