4 November 2016
SCI's London Group
SCI, London, UK
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The SCI London Group's Members' Lunch and Lecture returns on 04 November 2016 - this year's lecture will discuss the life of the well-known pharmacist and philanthropist, Henry Wellcome. After the lecture, a hot buffet lunch will be served, giving a chance for members and their guests to talk to one another in a relaxed setting.
Henry Wellcome, Pharmacist
Arguably more recognised now for his collecting activities and his philanthropic interests, Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) was first and foremost a pharmacist. From a childhood spent learning the trade in his uncle's drug store in rural Minnesota, by the time of his death the business he had co-founded was the largest pharmaceuticals manufacturer in Britain.
This talk will aim to look at Wellcome's life through the lens of his business career, yet show that untangling the differing strands of his unique life can be a complicated process. Drawing upon a range of primary material, this talk will seek to illustrate the development of Wellcome's career, place him in the context of his times and draw out some little-known details of his life.
14/15 Belgrave Square
SCI Communications Team
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SCI Members and their guests: £20
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Ross MacFarlane, Research Engagement Officer, Wellcome Library
Ross MacFarlane is is heavily involved in promoting the Wellcome Library's collections.
As an archivist, he has worked at a number of London institutions including King's College, Tate Britain, the Royal Society and the Reform Club. Whilst doing so he has handled a mermaid, discovered a lost alchemy manuscript written by Isaac Newton and found out almost too much about Henry Wellcome.
Ross has researched, lectured and written on numerous topics deriving from the Wellcome Library's collections, included lectures at institutions such as the Hunterian Museum, Bishopsgate Institute and the Royal Society. His media work includes appearances on Resonance FM, BBC Radio London 94.9, BBC World Service and Radio 4 (Front Row).