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From Archives To Modern Lives – Deep In The King’s College Scientific Archives

From Archives to Modern Lives: Frontiers of Trade and Technology
A survey of past and present innovation in association with King’s College London Archives

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
15:00 through dinner

Surprisingly for some, London is, and almost always has been, a science city.  From the Gresham College days of the Tudor ‘New Learning’, Francis Bacon, the foundation of the Royal Society and on to the Industrial Revolution, genetics and even ‘fintech’, London has been at least as much about science & technology as it has been about trade & finance.

The main event, from 15:00 to 17:30, will consist of fully-illustrated presentations by six distinguished speakers, each at the very top of his or her own area of expertise. They will be referencing key objects of lasting scientific importance from King’s College London and Sir Brian May is supporting the event, with a special ‘hands on’ session at 13:00 for early bookers who want more, including handling the original DNA photo, “Photo 51”.

Tickets are priced at £95 per head which includes the afternoon talks, a drinks reception with canapes and a three-course dinner with wines.  There is no extra charge for the ‘hands-on’ viewing of the artefacts at 13:00.  If you just want the talks, the price is £50.  The reception and dinner will be held on the eighth floor of Bush House in Aldwych (a building recently taken over by KCL, previously occupied by the BBC).  Bringing along young people is particularly encouraged, and feel free to encourage prospective members to come too.  Bookings here for World Traders – http://oldsite.world-traders.org/members/events_details.php?event_id=174 or contact Alexandra_Karathodorou@zyen.com.

Wheatstone’s Cryptographs and Cipher

More details:

The main event, from 15:00 to 17:30, will consist of fully-illustrated presentations by six distinguished speakers, each at the very top of his or her own area of expertise. They will be referencing key objects of lasting scientific importance from King’s College London Archives (see below).  Some of the speakers:

  • Professor Mischa Dohler is Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at KCL.He speaks regularly at international communications conferences and his work appears regularly in print and voice media.He was KCL media personality of the year in 2014.
  • Professor David Edgerton is a historian who has written books on Technology and Global History, including weaponry in the Second World War.He led the move of the Centre for Science, Technology and Medicine to the Department of History at KCL.
  • Denis Pellerin is an associate of Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist.They collaborated in research into Victorian 3D photography and the exhibition “The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery” shown at Tate Britain.A copy of Brian May’s book “Queen in 3D” will be available as a raffle prize at the dinner.

All speakers will be available for informal questions and discussion at the following drinks reception and at dinner.  The programme is as follows:

15:00 for 15:15      Reception, 1st Floor, Bush House, 101 (Auditorium)

15:15 – 15:30          Welcome
Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal King’s College London
                               Introduction
Dr Jessica Borge

15:30 – 16:15         Computer Code
Artefact:                  Wheatstone’s Cryptographs and Cipher Post/ Telegraph TBC
Dr Jamie Barras
Professor Mischa Dohler

16:15 – 17:00          Life Code
Artefact:                   Photograph 51 TBC
Professor David Edgerton
Professor Karen Steel

17:00 – 17:45          Visual Code
Artefact:                   Wheatstone’s Stereoscope TBC
Denis Pellerin
Professor Reza Razavi

17:45 – 18:00          Concluding Remarks
Dr Geoff Browell

18:00 – 19:00          Drinks, 8th Floor, Bush House (South)

19:00 – 21:30          Dinner, 8th Floor, Bush House (North)
Guest Speaker: Ariane Koek