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Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick

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Delve into the archives of James Lovelock, one of Britain’s most important living scientists and inventors.

Featuring previously unseen materials acquired by the Science Museum, the exhibition gives a unique insight into Lovelock’s creative mind, personality and unconventional ideas. Find out about a career that has spanned scientific fields as diverse as medicine, environmental science, atmospheric chemistry and space exploration.

Lovelock is most famous for formulating the Gaia hypothesis – the idea that Earth is a self-regulating system. This theory has been both hugely influential and controversial. It has profoundly shaped how environmental scientists view issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are Lovelock’s laboratory notebooks, drafts of his papers, and equipment from the laboratory in his back garden. You can also examine the tools used by Lovelock to build many of his inventions, including the home-made gas chromatography equipment that journeyed to the Antarctic and back.

Visit Unlocking Lovelock to explore the life of an extraordinary man.

Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick

Watch James Lovelock talk about the inspiration behind his inventions and what the Science Museum means to him.

Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick

Delve into the archives of James Lovelock
Floor: 2

The Lovelock archive was acquired for the Science Museum with support from a number of generous individuals, corporations and charitable foundations.

Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick is funded as part of the Climate Changing Programme with thanks to:

Principal Sponsors:

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Major sponsor:

Bank of America logo

Major funder:

The Garfield Weston Foundation

With additional support from:

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

The Patrons of the Science Museum

Members of the Founders Circle: Climate Changing Programme