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Dr Peter Collins explored the Royal Society’s fascinating journey from 1960 to the present day


In this History of Science talk, Dr Peter Collins, Emeritus Director of the Royal Society, explored the Society's fascinating journey from 1960 to the present day.

The Royal Society may be one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious scientific bodies, but what has it done in the last 50 years?

In post-war Britain science was growing and public interest was surging, but the Royal Society struggled to find a place for itself in this changing world. Its survival strategy was to look beyond itself: championing research excellence, providing the independent advice governments needed, fostering international scientific relations and inspiring public interest in science. But just how did the Royal Society do this and who helped to make it happen?

This event was based on Dr Collins’ book,The Royal Society and the Promotion of Science since 1960, Cambridge University Press.

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