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Laboratory Collection

In the realm of scientific discovery, laboratories have served as the birthplace of countless breakthroughs and innovations

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin
ROSALIND FRANKLIN Pioneer Molecular Biologist she made important contributions to understanding the structure of DNA

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Science / Tesla 1899

Science / Tesla 1899
Nikola Tesla produces artificial lightning in his laboratory at Colorado Springs

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), Croatian inventor in his American laboratory

Background imageLaboratory Collection: CURIE (1867-1934)

CURIE (1867-1934)
MARIE CURIE Physical Chemist In her laboratory

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Mass spectrometer, 1954

Mass spectrometer, 1954
Mass spectrometer. Researchers adjusting the controls of a mass spectrometer. This is an all-metal demountable mass spectrometer

Background imageLaboratory Collection: ATLAS detector, CERN

ATLAS detector, CERN
ATLAS detector. Engineer standing on a platform in front of the ATLAS (a torodial LHC apparatus) detector (circular) at CERN (the European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Photographic enlarger

Photographic enlarger being used to produce an enlarged copy of a photograph

Background imageLaboratory Collection: ATLAS detector, CERN

ATLAS detector, CERN
ATLAS detector. Composite image of the ATLAS (a torodial LHC apparatus) detector (circular) at CERN (the European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Wet black Labrador Retriever dog (Canis lupus familiaris) at the dog beach, male, domestic dog

Wet black Labrador Retriever dog (Canis lupus familiaris) at the dog beach, male, domestic dog

Background imageLaboratory Collection: CMS detector, CERN

CMS detector, CERN
CMS detector. Part of the CMS (compact muon solenoid) detector at CERN (the European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Nikola Tesla / Himmel Erde

Nikola Tesla / Himmel Erde
NIKOLA TESLA American electrician and inventor, born in Croatia of Serbian parents; seen here in his laboratory at Colorado Springs in 1899/1900

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Laboratory clamp

Laboratory clamp. This is used to hold and support laboratory equipment. The clamp is attached to a stand, and its arms are adjusted with the screw mechanism at centre

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Tungsten carbide slip gauge blocks C016 / 2042

Tungsten carbide slip gauge blocks C016 / 2042
Tungsten carbide slip gauge blocks. These are used as a standard form of length measurement. They are precision ground (lapped) to a specific thickness and then stacked to create the required length

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Flame tests

Flame tests
Three ceramic dishes each containing burning ethanol. Each dish has a different colour flame due to chemicals that have been added to the ethanol

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Bolts of electricity discharging in the lab of Nikola Tesla

Bolts of electricity discharging in the lab of Nikola Tesla
Inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla in his lab while his magnifying transmitter high voltage generator produces bolts of electricity. December 1899

Background imageLaboratory Collection: RAMON Y CAJAL, Santiago (1852-1934). Spanish

RAMON Y CAJAL, Santiago (1852-1934). Spanish doctor and histologist, Nobel Prize in 1906. Portrait in his laboratory

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent (1743-1794). French chemist Established the composition of the water

Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent (1743-1794). French chemist Established the composition of the water
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent (1743-1794). French chemist.. Established the composition of the water and the basis of bioenergetics

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Human brain microscope slides

Human brain microscope slides. Microscope slides of stained sections of human brain. These slides are from the Harvard Brain and Tissue Resource Centre, USA

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Pilot ACE computer, 1950

Pilot ACE computer, 1950
Pilot ACE computer. Control panel of the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) pilot model. This was a preliminary version of the full ACE design

Background imageLaboratory Collection: FRANKENSTEIN, 1931. Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein

FRANKENSTEIN, 1931. Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein

Background imageLaboratory Collection: PSCI2A-00015

PSCI2A-00015
Louis Pasteur in his laboratory. Hand-colored photogravure of an illustration by Albert Edelfelt

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Alchemist tempting to discover the philosophical stone Painting by Joseph Wright Of Derby

Alchemist tempting to discover the philosophical stone Painting by Joseph Wright Of Derby
JLJ4657580 Alchemist tempting to discover the philosophical stone Painting by Joseph Wright Of Derby (1734-1797) 18th century Sun

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Skylab in orbit above Earth at the end of its mission, 1974. Creator: NASA

Skylab in orbit above Earth at the end of its mission, 1974. Creator: NASA
Skylab in orbit above Earth at the end of its mission, 1974. The Skylab space station, first launched in May 1973, and was occupied in succession by three teams of three crewmembers

Background imageLaboratory Collection: FARADAY, Michael (1791-1867). British chemist

FARADAY, Michael (1791-1867). British chemist and physicist. Faraday in his laboratory. Painting. UNITED KINGDOM. London. The British Museum

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Brain protein research

Brain protein research. Computer artwork of a brain and coloured dots from a protein microarray. Protein microarrays can be used to follow protein interactions

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Seance room at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research

Seance room at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research
Undated photograph of corner of the sance room at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research, with trumpets on table. HPG/1/2/1 (vi)

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Harry Price in Lab

Harry Price in Lab
Psychical researcher and author, who used his knowledge of stage magic to expose phoney mediums, poltergeists and other scams, seen in his laboratory

Background imageLaboratory Collection: The Chemist 1827

The Chemist 1827
A chemist with his apprentice in his laboratory. A copper alembic is on his left, to the right a sand heat and a furnace is in the middle. Date: 1827

Background imageLaboratory Collection: A mobile dental surgery, belonging to the French army

A mobile dental surgery, belonging to the French army
A French motor lorry has been converted to make a dentist laboratory, to care for the teeth of the soldiers. The adjustable seat can just be seen

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Kodak Cameras 1930S

Kodak Cameras 1930S
Putting the finishing touches to Kodak cameras. Date: 1930s

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Laboratory technician

Laboratory technician
MODEL RELEASED. MODEL RELEASED. Laboratory technician wearing a face mask and hair net

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Laboratory chemist writes a chemical formula

Laboratory chemist writes a chemical formula
MODEL RELEASED. Chemical formula. Female scientist in a laboratory writes a chemical formula on glass while observed by a male scientist

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Petri dishes

Petri dishes in a stack

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Curie, Marie and Pierre

Curie, Marie and Pierre
In their laboratory in Paris shortly after being awarded the Davy medal for their work by the Royal Society

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Amazing Stories Scifi magazine cover - Futuristic Human Cloning

Amazing Stories Scifi magazine cover - Futuristic Human Cloning
THE 4-SIDED TRIANGLE, by William F Temple. A scientist clones the body of a young woman in his laboratory in this futuristic science fiction magazine cover 1939

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Advertisement for Manns brown ale

Advertisement for Manns brown ale -- male model constructing a pyramid of bottles. 1959

Background imageLaboratory Collection: ALCHEMIST. Colored engraving after the painting by David Teniers the younger

ALCHEMIST. Colored engraving after the painting by David Teniers the younger

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Micrometer screw gauge

Micrometer screw gauge. This is an instrument used to accurately measure small distances. Here it is being used to measure the thickness of a piece of wire (upper left)

Background imageLaboratory Collection: First chimpanzee in space

First chimpanzee in space. Ham, the first chimpanzee in space, in his flight suit. On January 31, 1961, a Mercury-Redstone rocket carrying Ham was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Guglielmo Marconi, radio inventor

Guglielmo Marconi, radio inventor
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), Italian physicist and inventor of the radio. Marconi patented his radio system in Britain, established the Marconis Wireless Telegraph Company in London in 1897

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Fruit-powered clock

Fruit-powered clock. In this experiment each apple is a voltaic cell. The apples have been connected to make a battery. Copper (orange) and zinc (silver)

Background imageLaboratory Collection: PSCI2A-00043

PSCI2A-00043
Bacteriologist Elie Metchnikoff in his laboratory. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a photograph

Background imageLaboratory Collection: Handkerchief Knot Test

Handkerchief Knot Test
Test at the National Psychical Laboratory on Rudi Schneider the Austrian spiritualist physical medium. Here, a knot has allegedly been tied paranormally in a handkerchief

Background imageLaboratory Collection: The Alchemists Laboratory from Heinrich Khunrath, Amphiteatrum sapientiae aeternae. n. d

The Alchemists Laboratory from Heinrich Khunrath, Amphiteatrum sapientiae aeternae. n. d
The Alchemists Laboratory from Heinrich Khunrath, Amphiteatrum sapientiae aeternae.n.d

Background imageLaboratory Collection: JJ Thomson, British nuclear physicist, 1898

JJ Thomson, British nuclear physicist, 1898. Joseph John Thomson (1856-1940), the discoverer of the electron, with his students at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

Background imageLaboratory Collection: THOMAS EDISON (1847-1931). American inventor. With his Edison Effect lamps in his West Orange

THOMAS EDISON (1847-1931). American inventor. With his Edison Effect lamps in his West Orange, New Jersey, laboratory. Photograph, 1915, digitally colored by Granger, NYC

Background imageLaboratory Collection: JJ (Joseph John) Thomson (1856-1940) British Nuclear physicist, discovered electron

JJ (Joseph John) Thomson (1856-1940) British Nuclear physicist, discovered electron, here with his research students at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, in 1898

Background imageLaboratory Collection: The alchemist in his workshop (engraving)

The alchemist in his workshop (engraving)
869695 The alchemist in his workshop (engraving) by English School; Private Collection; English, out of copyright



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In the realm of scientific discovery, laboratories have served as the birthplace of countless breakthroughs and innovations. From the pioneering work of Rosalind Franklin in unraveling DNA's structure to Nikola Tesla's electrifying experiments, these hallowed spaces have witnessed some of history's most remarkable scientific feats. Back in 1899, Nikola Tesla's laboratory crackled with bolts of electricity discharging through the air. This visionary inventor pushed boundaries and revolutionized our understanding of electricity, paving the way for modern power systems. His laboratory became a playground for his mind-bending experiments that would shape the world we live in today. Meanwhile, Marie Curie (1867-1934) tirelessly worked in her laboratory on groundbreaking research into radioactivity. Her tireless efforts led to numerous discoveries and earned her two Nobel Prizes – one in physics and another in chemistry. Her legacy continues to inspire generations of scientists who follow in her footsteps. The laboratory is not just a place for individual brilliance; it also serves as a hub for collaborative endeavors. At CERN, home to cutting-edge particle physics research, teams working on projects like the ATLAS detector and CMS detector come together to unlock secrets about our universe’s fundamental building blocks. Science has always relied on precise measurements, which brings us to tools like mass spectrometers and tungsten carbide slip gauge blocks C016 / 2042 used within laboratories worldwide. These instruments ensure accuracy when analyzing samples or calibrating equipment—a testament to meticulousness required by scientists across disciplines. A photograph enlarger stands as an emblematic symbol within any photography lab—an essential tool that allows photographers to bring their images from small negatives into larger prints while preserving intricate details captured through lenses. Laboratory clamps serve as unsung heroes holding apparatuses firmly together during experiments—often overlooked but indispensable components ensuring safety and stability throughout various procedures conducted within these sacred spaces dedicated solely to science.