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Upcoming events at the Ri
The science of laughter (Friday Evening Discourse)
8.00pm to 9.15pm
Sophie Scott looks at the science behind what makes us laugh.
J.J. Thomson announces existence of electron
On this day in 1897, J.J. Thomson announced, in a Friday Evening Discourse, the existence of a particle later called the electron.
Birth of Thomas Huxley
Thomas Henry Huxley, Fullerian Professor of Physiology and Comparative Anatomy at the Ri 1855-1858 and 1865-1869, was born on this day in 1825. A good friend of John Tyndall's, he was an important early champion of Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory.