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American Friends of the
Royal Institution of Great Britain

American Friends of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Inc was established in 2000 as a U.S. not-for-profit organization . The main activity of the organization is to raise awareness of the activities, collection and heritage of the Royal Institution amongst Americans in the U.S. and overseas. This will facilitate the achievement of the financial, science communication and custodial goals of the Institution.

The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to the general public. The Institution, based at 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, received its Royal Charter during the reign of George III in January 1800 for ‘diffusing science for the common purposes of life’. It has been promoting and teaching science for over two centuries and has been home to many famous scientists, including Michael Faraday and Humphry Davy, whose discoveries and inventions at the Ri have shaped the modern world. The Royal Institution houses the Faraday Museum, a collection of the objects, documents, papers, art and scientific apparatus that captures the world-changing science that has happened at the Ri since its foundation.

More than just a British showcase, the Ri has been a Mecca for scientists and engineers from all over the world, from Albert Einstein and Marie Curie to Carl Sagan and Erwin Schrödinger. The Ri is where photography was first explained, electricity first generated and the existence of the particle later called the electron announced. Furthermore the Royal Institution organized science education for young people through establishing the Ri Christmas Lectures which are televised to millions of people each year. It is no wonder that the fascination with this pioneering institution, its unique collection and esteemed program is truly international.

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