History of Physics Group


The next meeting, organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group and co-sponsored by the History of Physics Group, is ‘H.G.J. Moseley (1887-1915); a Lost Nobel Laureate?’ is to be held on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.  There is no charge for attendance but registration is essential, and early registration is recommended. For further information and registration details go to this page.

Further meetings will be included here when details are available. We are sponsoring and participating in the 2nd International Conference on the History of Physics, to be held in Pöllau, Austria, 5-7 September 2016.

See a report of Professor Helene Langevin-Joliot's talk on her grandmother, Marie Curie, given at the Group's recent meeting on Pioneering Women in Physics.

We sometimes video talks at our meetings. You can find these videos by clicking on the 'Presentations from Group meetings' link on the left-hand side of this page.

About the Group

The Group was established in 1984. Its main aims are to secure the written, oral and instrumental record of British physics for posterity and to explore ways in which history can be used more effectively in the understanding, teaching and general communication of physics. Since the history of physics deals with all aspects of physics the Group also hopes to provide a forum whereby the different and sometimes fragmented disciplines of physics and related subjects may interact fruitfully.

Four major areas of interest have been identified:

  • oral history and archives
  • the history of experimentation and instruments
  • the history of physics ideas
  • the history of the interactions between physics and society

The Group intends to pursue those aspects of the history of physics which especially require the skills of the physicist and which are of particular interest to the practitioner of physics. It is generally felt that nineteenth- and twentieth-century physics will be of greatest interest to members of the Institute.

To achieve our aims the Group holds at least two half- or one-day meetings and an evening lecture each year. In addition a regular newsletter is issued which contains information on past and future meetings of the Group and related organisations, articles on the history of physics, and Group news.

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