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As COP26 approaches, discover how NPL plays a key role in enabling climate action through the delivery of accurate, reliable data that supports decision making and enables low carbon innovation.

1900

Celebrating 120 years of measurement science

1900:  NPL founded to bring science and commerce together

The Royal Society appointed the first Director of NPL, Richard Tetley Glazebrook FRS, and the First Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Works wrote to the president of the Royal Society that “Her Majesty, the Queen, has granted to the Commissioner of Works, by her Grace and Favour, Bushy House and Grounds for the use of the National Physical Laboratory under the direction of the Royal Society”.

The National Physical Laboratory was formally opened in 1902 by HRH The Prince of Wales, who said: “I believe that in the National Physical Laboratory we have the first instance of the State taking part in scientific research. The object of the scheme is, I understand, to bring scientific knowledge to bear practically upon our everyday industrial and commercial life, to break down the barrier between theory and practice, to effect a union between science and commerce.”

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