On 12thMarch, a party of Horners visited the Royal Institution for a conducted tour, arranged by our Master, David Giachardi. Our host was Prof Frank James, Professor of the History of Science at University College London. He is one of the foremost authorities on UK scientific History and a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. This we discovered as he walked us around the Institution and told us all about the discoveries that had been made there.
Amongst other things we were told that ten elements in the periodic table were isolated there. We learned that Michael Faraday carried out much of the research which laid the groundwork for the practical exploitation of electricity there. The electric generator was devised there, and much of the early work on the atomic structure of crystals was carried out within it.
Afterwards we went to the Oxford & Cambridge Club in their Princess Marie Louise Room, a splendid room with a large oval table around which we had an excellent and convivial Lunch. Professor James joined us and was presented with a horn shoe horn with our thanks for a most entertaining and informative tour of the Institution.