The Royal Society

What do you do with your free time? Knit, bake, play Angry Birds, found societies of learning and intellectualism? Oh, you don’t do that last thing? That’s because you’re not a member of the Gresham College group which, in November 1660, formed The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge. Today, the organisation is better known as the Royal Society, and it’s possibly the … Continue reading The Royal Society

A Real Knockout

It’s a day that every woman should celebrate: on 4 November, 1847 a distinguished Scottish physician named James Young Simpson discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform. Before long, Simpson—chair of Obstetrics and Midwifery at the University of Edinburgh and personal physician to Queen Victoria—would begin using his discovery to ease the pain of childbirth. Simpson was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, the youngest of seven … Continue reading A Real Knockout