As researchers at Harvard have advanced the sciences,
the artifacts of their work continue to inform.

Harvard University has been acquiring scientific instruments on a continuous basis for teaching and research since 1672. The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, which was established in 1948 to preserve this apparatus as a resource for teaching and research in the history of science and technology, has become one of the three largest university collections of its kind in the world. Originally associated with the Harvard library system, the Collection was placed under the stewardship of the Department of History of Science in 1987.

"A Collection of Knowledge," a photographic essay, The Harvard Gazette, 12/9/2019.

Somewhere, over the brainbow!

Brainbow Image

Prof. Jeffrey Lichtman, whose enhanced image of mouse brain tissue graced our recent exhibit "VISUAL SCIENCE," explains how visual representation spurs scientific discovery.


Instrument of the Month

Short Telescope
Handsome Observations.
4-foot Gregorian Reflecting Telescope
Inventory Number: 001a
1767 • England

People @ CHSI

Edward M. Purcell
Edward M. Purcell
American Physicist