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Great Exhibition lives on

For reasons currently lost in the mists of time, the President of the Geological Society is an ex-officio Commissioner on the (remarkably) still-extant Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, established by Prince Albert to stage the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace. 

Using the profits from the first (and still the most successful ever) world trade fair, the 1851 Royal Commission now awards a range of fellowships and grants to support science and engineering research and industrial education across the UK. It has previously funded such luminaries as Professor Peter Higgs, Sir James Chadwick and Paul Dirac.

We would like to draw Fellows’ attention to funding opportunities from the Royal Commission, namely: Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering (closing date, 20 February 2014).