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Rupert Cole is Associate Curator of Chemistry at the Science Museum, working in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Today marks the birthday of Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758-1836), a French chemist who played a leading, yet sometimes overlooked, role in the foundations of modern chemistry.

26 December 2018 marks the 120th anniversary of Marie and Pierre Curie’s announcement of a new element – radium. Associate Curator of Chemistry Rupert Cole explores the Curies’ discovery and its legacy.

Hazardous chemicals and potential explosions were all once part of the joy of owning a home chemistry set. Associate Curator, Rupert Cole, explores the history of the ever-popular children’s toy.

On 28 July 1907 an American chemist and inventor whose name would become synonymous with plastic food containers was born.