An English scientific society, founded in 1799 by Benjamin
Thompson (see Count Rumford) to encourage
scientific study and the spread of scientific knowledge. It has associations
with many eminent figures in science, including Humphry Davy and Michael Faraday. It became well known
for its Christmas lectures to the public, the first series of which was
delivered by Faraday in 1825, and which continue to this day.
|The Royal Institution building in London.
Painting by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793-1864)