In Conversation with Mr Nicholson – fine print, foresight and fuel cells

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A conversation with the ghost of William Nicholson, 1753-1815, buried in St George’s Gardens

At the turn of the eighteenth century, the Georgian polymath William Nicholson (1753-1815) changed the course of history when he launched his eponymous philosophical journal and split water with electrolysis – the technique which underpins the hydrogen fuel cell.

From his grave in St George’s Gardens, Nicholson’s ghost will be joining his biographer, Sue Durrell, and the Ucell energy team from University College London for a walk and conversazione to reminisce about his life at the crossroads of Georgian arts, literature, science, and commerce, and to discuss the importance of his discovery.

Ucell is the electrochemical energy outreach group at UCL, and a team will bring Nicholson’s experiment of 1800 to life and demonstrate how this translates into the clean energy generation concepts of the future.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concs)

Bloomsbury Festival 2020 talks will take place with the safety and enjoyment of participants at their heart. Tickets are limited to comply with social distancing recommendations, and should these change, further tickets will be made available.

An online version of this talk will take place on Tuesday 20 October – more info

In Conversation with Mr Nicholson – fine print, foresight and fuel cells