History of Science

The NLO History of Science Group

The History of Science Group holds informal meetings for talks and discussion about all topics related to the history of science and technology. The majority of talks relate to some aspect of astronomy or astrophysics, but since the first meeting of the Group in Autumn 1999 there have been talks on a much wider range of topics including meteorology, computing, lives of famous scientists, advances in electronic devices and smart materials. For each meeting there is usually one main talk plus a shorter talk that is related to the date of birth or death of a famous scientist, technologist or mathematician.

The Group usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.30 pm. There is no formal membership and any member of the NLO is most welcome to attend (without notice) if a talk is likely to be of interest. The attendance of regular, occasional and one-off members is around 20 members at present, but we are happy to increase this number. Most of the talks are given by regular members of our Group, but there is no obligation to offer talks. We are always pleased hear from members who, for example, would like to talk about their past work or special interests.
Because of Covid restrictions all talks since June 2020 have been Zoom events, and we have had a regular attendance of 15-20 members. We are hoping that at some stage in the future we can revert to live meetings.

The monthly meetings are currently organised by Keith Orrell (kandkorrell@gmail.com). Regular members of the Group are circulated each month on the details of the forthcoming meeting(s). Any NLO member can be included in this circulation list if they so wish.
Any further enquiries or queries should be directed to Keith.