Sovereign Science

Sovereign ScienceSovereign Science

How can we make organ transplants safer? When will we beat cancer? What makes the continents shift on the Earth's surface? And what happens inside a black hole?

During the sixty years of Queen Elizabeth's reign, the Royal Society's Fellows have tackled science's biggest questions, making astonishing discoveries and transforming how we view ourselves and our world.

Sovereign Science showcases some of the most significant of these discoveries, revealing how they have changed our understanding of everything from our genes and health to our planet and universe.

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Visiting the exhibition

Venue: The Royal Society, London
Dates: Tue 3 July - Sun 8 July 2012
Times: 10am - 5pm
Price: Free to attend.


Less than a year after Elizabeth II became Queen, Francis Crick and James Watson revealed the structure of DNA.


In the last sixty years, scientists have developed incredible new ways to diagnose and treat illness.


What would your life be like without computers? The rapid success of computing has changed how we live in recent decades.


The 1960s saw the advent of strong, light carbon fibre, while more recently scientists have unearthed two entirely new forms of carbon.


From the ground-breaking theory of plate tectonics to an understanding of the ozone layer, we have come to see our planet very differently.


The Royal Society's biggest thinkers have wrapped their minds around the mysteries of the universe for many decades.