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Rupert Cole

Rupert is an Assistant Curator at the Science Museum.

Teflon artificial arteries, DuPont, 1994

On this day in 1938 a young DuPont research chemist accidentally discovered a slippery, white substance that would become a 20th-century wonder material: Teflon. Assistant Curator Rupert Cole explores its history.

Science Museum mathematical model and Wadsworth's poster design

On this day in 1889 the Modernist painter Edward Wadsworth was born. Assistant Curator Rupert Cole explores an interaction Wadsworth had with Science Museum objects in the 1930s.

Content Developer Rupert Cole explores some famous moustaches in particle physics ahead of the opening of our new Collider exhibition on 13th November.

Content Developer Rupert Cole on unboxing objects from CERN for Collider, a new Science Museum exhibition opening in November 2013.

Ahead of November’s opening of the Collider exhibition, Content Developer Rupert Cole takes a look at the story behind the Geiger counter “The excitement is growing so much I think the Geiger counter of Olympo-mania is going to go zoink on the scale!” Thus spoke Boris Johnson in his London Olympics opening speech a little over a year ago. The author of several popular histories including Johnson’s Life of London, is it conceivable Mayor Boris knew the Olympic summer coincided […]

With the Collider exhibition now open, Content Developer Rupert Cole explores some famous physics parties of the past.  As it happens, Carlsberg did do particle physics. The Danish beer giant was an unlikely benefactor of the Niels Bohr Institute – one of the great centres of theoretical physics research.   And Bohr himself even lived at the brewery’s “Honorary Residence” after winning the Nobel Prize, complete with a direct pipeline supplying free Carlsberg on tap! Just imagine what untold influence lager had on […]