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For over a century NPL has contributed scientific and technological leadership in the physical sciences, as well as in materials science, computing, and bioscience.

For over a century NPL has contributed scientific and technological leadership in the physical sciences, as well as in materials science, computing, and bioscience.

Many landmark scientific breakthroughs have occurred at NPL that we now take for granted: in ship design, aircraft development, radar, computing, communications, electronic networking and global positioning.

Watch the videos below for insights from NPL staff about the research that was carried out at NPL

The one million Volt microscope
The Materials Section
The Soldering Science & Technology Club
Memories of working in the Ionising section
How NPL helped to fix the Big Ben clock
The Watt balance and redefining the kilogram
The Magnetic Section
Essen and the atomic clock

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