Professor Frank James

Professor Frank James

Frank James studied history of science with Rupert and Marie Hall at Imperial College where he received his PhD on the development of spectroscopy in the nineteenth century. After a year at the Institute of Education, he joined the Royal Institution where he has remained and was appointed Professor of History of Science in 2004.

His main research is editing the Correspondence of Michael Faraday of which five volumes (out of six) have so far been published.

He has always had a strong interest in the relations of science with other areas of society and culture, such as the military, art (where he co-authored a book on the scientific and technological content of paintings in the National Gallery), religion and technology.

  • Forthcoming Events

    May
    9
    Wed
    2018
    5:45 pm The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: ... @ LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building,
    The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: ... @ LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building,
    May 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    The Dickinson Memorial Lecture will be given by Mike Chrimes. the title of his lecture is Measuring greatness: engineering biography- scholarship, hagiography or a marketing tool? Mike Chrimes is a long-standing member of the Newcomen[...]
    May
    17
    Thu
    2018
    7:30 pm Frank Hornby and mechanical toys... @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Frank Hornby and mechanical toys... @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Deborah Jaffé. The entrepreneurial Frank Hornby was the inventor of Meccano, The Hornby Railway and Dinky Cars. This lecture looks at the origins of his designs, the manufacturing processes involved,  the images of[...]
    May
    21
    Mon
    2018
    all-day Visits to AMRC and AESSEAL, Roth... @ ROTHERHAM details to follow
    Visits to AMRC and AESSEAL, Roth... @ ROTHERHAM details to follow
    May 21 all-day
    The society has organised a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) on the morning of Monday 21st May 2018, followed by an afternoon visit to AESSEAL.  On both these visits members will have[...]
    Jun
    19
    Tue
    2018
    5:45 pm An engineering study of the stat... @ MANCHESTER Renold Building, University of Manchester
    An engineering study of the stat... @ MANCHESTER Renold Building, University of Manchester
    Jun 19 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A meeting led by Institution of Structural Engineers at which  Bill Harvey will speak on  “An engineering study of the station at Liverpool Road Manchester – an examination of the construction and development of the[...]
    Jul
    13
    Fri
    2018
    9:00 am Newcomen Society Annual Conferen... @ TEESSIDE, Middlesbrough
    Newcomen Society Annual Conferen... @ TEESSIDE, Middlesbrough
    Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm
    Teesside Flyer Having taken into account wishes of the membership this new type of conference will be led by Jonathan  Aylen and Dr Fred Starr. Based in Middlesbrough in NE England it will focus on[...]
    Oct
    20
    Sat
    2018
    9:00 am Symposium: The White Salt Industry @ NORTHWICH The Lion Salt Works Museum
    Symposium: The White Salt Industry @ NORTHWICH The Lion Salt Works Museum
    Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    An all-day Symposium on the technologies associated with White Salt is being organised by the North West Branch. It will take place at The Lion Salt Works Museum outside Northwich (10 minutes from M6 Junction[...]
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