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Patron: Her Majesty the Queen


The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

Annual General Meeting and 8th Meeting of the 186th Session (2006-2007)

"Sir David Brewster and the Early Days of the RSSA"

Dr Allen Simpson
RSSA past president,
formerly of the National Museums of Scotland

In the Wolfson Suite, Ground Floor
Edinburgh University Library
George Square, Edinburgh
On Monday 4th June 2007, at 7:30pm
(Following the Society's AGM which takes place at 7pm)

Inventions used to be an expensive and risky business. The Society of Arts was established in the 1820s by the eminent scientist David Brewster (himself the inventor of the instantly popular Kaleidoscope), with the aim of securing the rights of Scottish inventors. Dr Simpson uses that Society's Archives to explore the politics behind Brewster's handling of some of the first inventions to be submitted to the Society.

Location of meeting

Society Business

The President, Professor Anthony Busuttil, will be in the Chair

Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
Telephone: 0131 556 2161

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