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Staffordshire Science

14 Feb 2018

From the 9th to the 18th March British Science Week will be taking place up and down the country. We thought we’d have a poke about in history for an interesting reminder of people from Staffordshire that have contributed so much to different fields of science. We’ve also got a top hit-list of science related places to take the kids!

Jessie MacWilliams (1917–1990). 

A respected mathematician Jessie contributed to the field of coding theory. She moved to the United States in 1939 and studied at Johns Hopkins University. One year later she left Johns Hopkins for Harvard University. In 1955 she became a programmer and learned coding theory at Bell Labs where she spent most of her career.

William Astbury FRS (1898–1961) 

A physicist and molecular biologist who worked with x-rays. His work on keratin provided the foundation for Linus Pauling’s discovery of the alpha helix. He also studied the structure for DNA in 1937 and made the first step in the elucidation of its structure.

John L. Jinks (1929–1987) 

A geneticist, educated at Birmingham University he remained there for the majority of his career, contributing to the development of biometrical genetics, human behavioural genetics, and supervising a number of students who went on to make their own contributions.

Sir Oliver Lodge FRS (1851–1940) 

A physicist and writer involved in the development of wireless telegraphy. A British physicist and writer involved in the development of, and holder of key patents for radio.

Thomas Twyford (1849–1921) 

Thomas was a pottery manufacturer in England. He invented the single piece, ceramic flush toilet. At the time of Twyford’s death he was recognised as a leading pioneer in the application of principles of hygiene to sanitary appliances.

Thomas Wedgwood (1771–1805) 

Son of Josiah Wedgwood, Thomas is the first person known to have thought of creating permanent pictures by capturing camera images on material coated with a light-sensitive chemical. His practical experiments yielded only shadow image photograms that were not light-fast, but his conceptual breakthrough and partial success have led some historians to call him “the first photographer”.

If you’ve got a budding scientist in your family, why not pay a visit to one of these attractions?...

The National Space Centre

With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D Simulator Experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience. Leicester - LE4 5NS

Erasmus Darwin House

With its unique place in Georgian history Darwin House showcases the breadth of Erasmus Darwin’s interests and achievements which laid the foundations for his grandson and evolutionary biologist Charles. Lichfield - WS13 7AD

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

Housing Britain’s oldest working electrical generator which was installed in 1900 to produce the new fangled electricity. There really is a steam engine round every corner! Burton-on-Trent - DE13 0DA

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