The Royal Society has played a key role in science communication at several points in its 350-year history. The society is the national academy of science for the United Kingdom, by custom and function if not by statute. It is in many ways similar to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and works closely with it on international initiatives, though in important ways it is also quite different.

Creation of the Royal Society

The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, to give it its full title, was founded by a group of individuals in London toward the end of 1660. The previous two decades had been a period of unprecedented turbulence in British political history. The devastating civil war had ended with the execution of ...

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