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

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

The Life Sciences Foundation

EIN

22-2817365

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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

The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History is an independent research library encompassing the history of chemistry and related sciences and industries. The Othmer Library was founded in 1988 when Donald and Mildred Topp Othmer announced their challenge grant to be given for the creation of a library that would work to preserve the history of the chemical sciences. The library now houses more than 140,000 print volumes, rare books and manuscripts, archival materials, and historical photographs. Together these collections—spanning nearly six miles of shelves—form an unrivaled resource for the history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries.

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Adults

The Center for Oral History develops and curates a growing collection of comprehensive, professionally conducted oral history interviews. Our mission is to ensure that current and future scholars and interested individuals can understand science, medicine, and technology from the perspective of those who participated in them, as recorded in their own words. The Center for Oral History serves as a significant force in contributing to the history of the sciences in the 20th and 21st centuries. We have collected hundreds of oral histories about science, scientists, and scientific practices.

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Adults

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry comprises a dynamic community of scholars interested in the history and social studies of chemistry, broadly construed. It is also home to associated academic activities, including a public lecture series, weekly lunchtime talk series, writing group, book series, and network of over 250 alumni.

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Adults

Science is all around us. It’s not just found in the laboratory. It’s in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, and the earth beneath our feet. At our museum, you can explore the amazing successes, astonishing failures, and strange surprises behind the science that shapes our world. Be sure to check out our Downstream exhibition, which explores more than 200 years of water analysis and water protection; Water Pics, our latest outdoor exhibition; and our newly refreshed permanent galleries featuring new objects, stories, and discoveries. Named one of Philadelphia’s best museums by Condé Nast Traveler, a visit to the Science History Institute is a journey through the weird and wonderful world of matter and materials. You can also explore our museum on Google Arts & Culture, which features digital exhibitions including Animals and the Making of Human Vaccines, The Science of Crush, Age of Alchemy, Second Skin, and Things Fall Apart.

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Adults

The Science History Institute produces a wide range of virtual and in-person events aimed at students, educators, scientific professionals, scholars, science history lovers, and the intellectually curious.

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Science History Institute

Board of directors
as of 2/15/2022
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Board chair

Richard Bolte

BDP International

Term: 2018 -

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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

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

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