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Public Lecture: ‘Civic Life: Oliver Lodge and Birmingham’

March 16, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Professor Jim Mussell, Principal Investigator for the AHRC Research Network, Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science 1875- 1940, will give the Cadbury Research Library Annual Lecture as part of the Birmingham Arts and Science Festival.

In 1900 Oliver Lodge, at the invitation of Joseph Chamberlain, became the first Principal of the new University of Birmingham. Lodge was Professor at Physics at Liverpool and, although wary, saw in the new university an opportunity to put his educational ideas into practice. Lodge led the University for its first two decades, but his tenure was mixed. He complained about the administrative burden, but successfully oversaw the establishment of the University at Edgbaston. These years brought tragedy, as Lodge’s youngest son, Raymond, died in the War, but also success, as Lodge himself become one of the most famous figures of his day. Further information is available here.

The lecture accompanies the exhibition ‘Civic Science: Oliver Lodge and Birmingham’, on display in the Muirhead Tower from 3 February until 18 May 2015.  This exhibition draws on materials first displayed to accompany our first workshop, ‘Civic Science: Oliver Lodge, Physics, and the Modern University’, held at Birmingham in 2013.

The lecture is free and open to all. To book a place, email special-collections@bham.ac.uk. For further details see the events page at the Cadbury Research Library here.


March 16, 2015
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
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Oliver Lodge Research Network
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Muirhead Tower Lecture Theatre
University of Birmingham , Edgbaston, West Midlands
Birmingham , B15 2TT United Kingdom
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