2 October 2015 - Micrographia 350 - New Ages of Microscopy, 1665-2015

DiStruc participated in the poster exhibition during the half-day symposium organised to mark the 350th anniversary of the publication of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia and to applaud recent developments in molecular-scale microscopy as recognised by the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the 2014 Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The event was held at Christ Church, Oxford, where Robert Hooke was an undergraduate from 1653 to 1658. The afternoon included lectures on both the history and science of microscopy given by distinguished speakers, including TV science historian and expert on Robert Hooke Professor Allan Chapman, and Professor Eiichi Nakamura, 2014 RSC Centenary Prize winner, who is a pioneer of single molecule dynamic microscopy. The historical context of Micrographia, thought to be the first handbook of microscopy, was described by Judith Curthoys and Dr Anna Camilleri of Christ Church, while Dr Steven Lee from the University of Cambridge gave perspectives on modern microscopy, including super-resolution microscopy (nanoscopy), of which Hooke could have had no conception. The DiStruc coordinator, Professor Dirk Aarts gave the concluding remarks of the symposium. The event was fully booked with many academics, students and alumni of Christ Church attending. You can watch the whole event here, or download the DiStruc poster