Lyne Starling Trimble Science Heritage Public Lectures

The Lyne Starling Trimble Science Heritage Public Lecture Series features prominent science historians and writers who highlight the important roles that science plays in modern society and culture. All lectures are held at the American Center for Physics, College Park, MD, unless noted otherwise.

Funded by a generous donation from Dr. Virginia Trimble, the lecture series is named after her late father, Dr. Lyne Starling Trimble (1912–1992) who held patents for a number of color-reproduction systems and was an innovative chemist. The series was first endowed at $100,000 by Dr. Trimble, and the Physics Heritage & Promise campaign aims to support and increase sustainability by further endowing the series at $200,000.


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Upcoming Lectures:

  • "When Condensed Matter Physics Became King"
    Joseph D. Martin, University of Durham
  • "Geopolitics and Measurement: The Politics of Prussian Precision"
    Kathy Olesko, Georgetown University
    April 29, 2020
  • "Manufacturing Hands: Japanese Robotics and Human Labor"
    Yulia Frumer, Johns Hopkins University
    September 30, 2020
  • "The Rising Din: Recording, Replaying, and Listening to the Sounds of the Twenieth Century"
    Alexandra Hui, Mississippi State University
    October 21, 2020


Past Lectures:

  • "Reflections on the Founding of the Center for History of Physics"
    Speaker: Gerald Holton, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University