The Life and Contributions of the Smithsonian Founder
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 787 , Segment 1
Episode: James Smithson
- Dec 15, 2020 8:00 pm
- 24:40 mins
You’ve heard of the Smithsonian, but you probably don’t know much about the man who funded the museum. James Smithson was a brilliant scientist, but even the institution named after him downplayed his achievements. Steven Turner wants to set the record straight, and he has even replicated many of Smithson’s experiments to prove the value of his contributions. Guest: Steven Turner, Historian of Science and Curator Emeritus of Physical Sciences at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and author of "The Science of James Smithson: Discoveries from the Smithsonian Founder"