Nobel Prizes 2012: Physics

The winners of the 2012 Nobel prizes are being announced this week. So each day, we’ll be looking to see what Nobel-related content we have in Europeana. Today, we congratulate France’s Serge Haroche and the USA’s David Wineland for winning …


Father of Chemistry: Jöns Jacob Berzelius

Jöns Jacob Berzelius. Lithograph by A. Farcy. Image courtesy of Wellcome Library, London.  (CC BY-NC 2.0) On 20th of August 1779 a boy was born without whom I couldn’t have written and shared this blog post. His name was Jöns …


A Happy Accident: Fleming’s Penicillin

Ear ache? Sore throat? Tooth ache? If you’re suffering these symptoms, it’s possible you’d benefit from a dose of penicillin. And if that’s the case, you should be raising a glass to Sir Alexander Fleming who discovered the popular antibiotic. …


Why is the Sky Blue? – John Tyndall

“The brightest flashes in the world of thought are incomplete until they have been proven to have their counterparts in the world of fact.” – John Tyndall John Tyndall. Photograph by Barraud. Courtesy of The Wellcome Library (CC BY-NC 2.0) Today …


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Love… Such a grand word in so few letters. This profound emotion has played an important role in shaping our cultural and scientific heritage. It has influenced everyone from the greatest conquerors to common men, from visionary artists to ingenious …


Isaac Newton

“Nature and Nature’s Laws lay hid in Night: GOD said, Let Newton be! and all was Light.” (Alexander Pope, 1797) Isaac Newton (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727, Gregorian calendar) is considered to be one of the greatest and most …