Royal Institution of Great Britain

Scope and Content

Greetings to University College London on its centenary, [1926].

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Institution is an independent charity dedicated to science education and research , and was founded in 1799. It is based in Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London. Scientists who have worked there include Sir Humphry Davy (who discovered sodium and potassium), Michael Faraday, Sir Lawrence Bragg (who won the Nobel prize for his work on x-ray diffraction), and more recently Lord George Porter. In the 19th century Faraday carried out much of the research which laid the groundwork for the practical exploitation of electricity at the Royal Institution. Over the years the Institution has been home to 14 Nobel Prize winners, and witnessed the discovery of 10 chemical elements. The Institution has supported public engagement with science through a programme of lectures, many of which continue today. The most famous of these are the annual Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, founded by Michael Faraday.

Access Information


Closed pending cataloguing.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from College Collection, 28 Apr 1989.