FSTC celebrates handover to Los Angeles

Published Date: 
17 March 2011

Hundreds of VIP guests attended an exclusive event

17th March 2011, New York. Hundreds of VIP guests attended an exclusive event to celebrate the forthcoming transfer of the 1001 Inventions exhibition, from New York city to its new home in Los Angeles, opening 25th May 2011.

The acclaimed international touring exhibition will travel from the East coast to the West after the Easter break to take up residence at the California Science Center (CSC) in Los Angeles in May. The 1001 Inventions exhibition, which highlights the underappreciated scientific and technological achievements of the “Golden Age” of Muslim civilization, has received tens of thousands of visitors since it arrived at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in December 2010 and is globally sponsored by the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI).

As part of the ceremony, the CEO and President of NYSCI, Dr. Margaret Honey, carried out a symbolic transfer of the exhibition to her CSC counterpart, Jeffrey Rudolph, by handing over a reproduction of the Scribe Clock – a 13th century invention by master engineer Al-Jazari, who is one of the central characters within the exhibition.

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Dr. Margaret Honey and Prof. Salim Al-Hassani present the Scribe Clock to Jeffrey Rudolph

Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, Chairman of FSTC and 1001 Inventions, said: “When we first came to NYSCI, and learned more about their institution, we knew immediately that this would be the ideal venue for the launch of our US Tour. NYSCI shares our vision for inspiring young people through exciting, innovative and above all enjoyable interactive experiences.

In May, we begin the next thrilling chapter of the 1001 Inventions story. The West Coast Premiere will take place at the world-renowned California Science Center in Los Angeles, and we are delighted to be working with such a prestigious institution, who will introduce a whole new set of audiences to the “Golden Age” of Muslim civilization.”

Prof. Al-Hassani also went on to thank ALJ Community Initiatives, which is the global sponsor of the 1001 Inventions international touring exhibition.

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Science Theatre: NYSCI Explainer team bring to life historic pioneers from Muslim civilization

As part of the celebration, and to thank NYSCI for pr emiering the exhibition in the US, 1001 Inventions gifted a model of the Elephant Clock – another Al-Jazari invention – to Dr. Honey and her team as a permanent addition to the NYSCI collection. The event was attended by representatives from the UN’s diplomatic community, as well as academics and Museum representatives from around the world.

The 1001 Inventions exhibition at New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) runs until the 24th of April 2011. The West coast premiere of the exhibition will take place on the 27th May 2011, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, before closing on the 31st of December 2011.

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Maurice Coles, on behalf of 1001 Inventions, gifts a replica Elephant Clock to NYSCI 

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of scientific and cultural achievements from the ‘Golden Age’ of Muslim civilisation and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world. This period, lasting approximately 1000 years from the 7th century onwards, coincides in part with what was once termed the ‘Dark Ages’.

The purpose of the 1001 Inventions initiative is to engage with the public through diverse educational media in order to highlight the shared cultural and technological inheritance of humanity. The 1001 Inventions global touring exhibition and the educational products that accompany the exhibition all highlight the scientific and technological achievements made by men and women, of different faiths and cultures, who lived in or were connected with broader Muslim civilisation.

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An Explainer introduces Master Engineer Al-Jazari’s ingenious inventions to the VIP audience

Originally funded by the British government and launched in the United Kingdom in 2006, 1001 Inventions was created by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). FSTC is a British based non-profit, international network of the world’s leading academics with expertise in the history of science and technology. Both 1001 Inventions and FSTC are non-religious, apolitical organizations and have received support from various arms of the British government, the Wellcome Trust, the British Science Association and ALJ Community Initiatives which is the global sponsor of the touring exhibition.

The academics behind the 1001 Inventions initiative include an international network of historians, scientists, engineers and social scientists from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to its launch in London last year,  the content of 1001 Inventions was rigorously reviewed by its host, the London Science Museum, whose Director described it as a “blockbuster.” The exhibition received even greater success during its run in Istanbul, the European Capital of Culture for 2010, where it quickly became the most popular visitor attraction in Turkey. Following its run at NYSCI, the 1001 Inventions exhibition opens at the California Science Center in Los Angeles from the 27th May 2011.

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