When the Chemistry Department opened in 1828 it was the first in England, in the first University to be established here for 500 years. Highlights of its long and illustrious story will be traced with images and sound recordings and a display of some of the artefacts from their collection. These include Williamson's pelican, Collie's collywobble and the world's first X-ray for medical purposes. Ramsay's specimens of the noble gases, which still give their characteristic spectra, and the medal and certificate of his Nobel Prize, will be on display, together with the Russian Academy's etching of Mendeleev which he presented to the Department.
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Prof Alwyn Davies FRS
University College London