Aerial view of the Hall of Science construction ongoing during season one of the World’s Fair. More photos here.
The 1964-65 World’s Fair opened 50 years ago yesterday. But the Hall of Science did not. You can see the Hall still under construction in background left of this photo. Find out more about why we were delayed here.
Today’s Google doodle honors Percy Julian, and so does PBS:
April 11, 1899: Chemist Percy Julian Is Born
On this day in 1899, chemist Percy Julian (today’s Google Doodle) was born. Julian held more than 100 chemical patents, wrote scores of papers on his work, and received dozens of awards and honorary degrees.
The grandson of Alabama slaves, Percy Julian met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. He was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. As a black man he was also an outsider, fighting to make a place for himself in a profession and country divided by bigotry—a man who would eventually find freedom in the laboratory.
Watch NOVA's “Forgotten Genius,” the story of how African American Percy Julian defied the odds to become a famous chemist.
Radiation: a wondrous new tool in cell research, genetics and food preservation. A snapshot of a science museum evolving from 1967.
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1964 World's Fair Hall of Science -
Seven years after Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit, and just six weeks after the U.S. space probe Ranger 7 sent back the first close range photos of the moon, civic leaders and Nobel Laureates gathered in Flushing Meadow, Queens, on a hot September day in 1964 to dedicate the World’s Fair Hall of Sciences as a permanent structure committed to science education and exploration in New York City.
New York City is proving to more than 20,000 youngsters a week that science education can be an interesting, exciting experience that’s more fun than hooky.
The students conduct experiments with simulated atomic equipment; watch as technician irradiate plants and seeds in lead-lined chambers; are shown how radiation serves as a wondrous new tool in cell research, in the study of genetics and in food preservation.
Exciting New Workshops at the Maker Space this Spring and Summer -
We have had numerous ground breaking workshops in the Maker Space since we opened, from sewing machines to simple robots - crayon candles and gravity racers to blinking plastic orbs and aliens. The Maker Space staff is thrilled to present today 7 brand new workshops that will push the boundaries…
Rendezvous in Space began with a film (Frank Capra’s last) narrated by Danny Thomas, featuring (uncredited) voices by Mel Blanc. The presentation culminated with a live demonstration of a docking by a “space taxi” carrying a three-man relief crew to a model space station suspended 80-feet above the ground. When the relief crew entered the station, the lights went up and the crowds cheered.
From Rupert the Rat to Rendezvous in Space: all there was to see at the post-Fair Hall of Science