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April 1872.

British Association for the Advancement of Science

1831 Founded as a learned society with the object of promoting science, directing general attention to scientific matters, and facilitating interaction between scientific workers.

The founder was the William Vernon-Harcourt, following a suggestion by David Brewster, who was disillusioned with the elitist and conservative attitude of the Royal Society. Another founder was J. F. W. Johnston.

Read an article in The Engineer 1881/08/26 about the founding of the Association. [1]

1839 First time the Association's annual meeting was held in Birmingham

1842 The 12th meeting was held in Manchester - see 1842 British Association Mechanical Exhibition

1851 Meeting held in Ipswich.

1852 Meeting held in Belfast

1853 Meeting held in Hull.

1854 Meeting held in Liverpool.

1855 Meeting held in Glasgow.

1856 Meeting held in Cheltenham

1862 William Fairbairn was President. [2]

1869 Roderick I. Murchison - Chair. [3]

1870 The meeting was held in Liverpool in September

1871 The meeting was held in Edinburgh

1882 Sir J. Lubcock, as the retiring President, welcomed Dr. C. William Siemens F.R.S., C.E.[4]

1899 Professor J. H. Poynton FRS was President of Section A[5]

1921 Presidents of Sections for 1921 Meeting:[6]

1926 Sir Alfred Yarrow presented a donation of £10,000 to the funds of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Sir Alfred believed that the present needs of the association in its work for science should receive precedence over provision for the distant future, and had accordingly made it a condition of his gift that the whole of the sum, both as regards capital and interest, should be expended within a period of twenty years. Sir Charles Parsons, gave a donation of the same amount to the Association a few years ago. [7]

2009 The Association now uses the trading name British Science Association instead of the BA.

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