Scientific Locations Mapped

scientific-locationsI’ve made a Google map showing important scientific locations – scientific locations.

Recently, a fellow singer in the Cottenham Big Mouth collective was telling me about a Google map he’d created with all his favourite eateries that do live jazz, sounded groovy man…but although I love food and don’t mind a bit of jazz, I thought Sciencebase readers would prefer something a little more…well…science based. So, I’ve created Scientific Locations.

Scientific locations is a map that will grow steadily to add pins and notes to sites like the Cambridge U’s Cavendish Laboratory, Darwin’s Down House, Chicago Pile #1 and more. In other words, it’s going to show the sites associated with some of the greatest scientific discoveries including the discovery of the electron, the origin of species, and the development of the world’s first artificial nuclear reactor.

I gave the Scientific Locations map a shout out on twitter, hoping not to hear that someone else had already taken on such a monumental task. So far no one has told me that I’m reinventing the wheel, so to speak. If anyone happens to know precisely where the wheel was invented I’ll pin that on the map, of course.

Adrian Kybett ChemTwittChem on Twitter has sent me several pins early in the campaign and the map was growing steadily. Then BadAstronomer, Grace_Baynes, Disco_Dave, BuffaloDavid, Krelnik, IYA_US, mactavish, DiscoveryChPR, and many others began to retweet the link bringing in many more suggestions from Ytterby to Derbyshire and beyond.

The official Google Lunar X PRIZE Twitter account also gave me a shout out and pointed to a related collaborative map. Ricardo Vidal also pointed me to a map showing all the labs taking part in Open WetWare

If you have any ideas for scientific locations, please leave a comment here, send me an email, or tweet me. I’ll add a credit (by way of your twitter link or web site) to the map pin for original ideas.

15 thoughts on “Scientific Locations Mapped”

  1. Why not use DBPedia or FreeBase for extracting such information? I guess a lot of it has already

  2. Great idea David.

    It’s interesting to see how facilities in the UK have been distributed around the country. There’s the expected concentration around London but also a fair spread throughout the UK.

    A couple of suggestions:
    Harwell Science and Innovation Campus – OX11 0RL

    Daresbury Laboratory – WA4 4AD

  3. Great idea! I actually thought of something like this, but for optical observatories. I worked on it for a week or so back in college then got distracted by something else :). But for some reason that page is still hosted by the university despite having graduated several years ago. You can see/scrape data off it here:

    http://www.appstate.edu/~nb52552/observatories.html

    As Egon said there are several places that have collections of such data, though they might take some digging and cleaning up.

  4. Hi There,

    You left out the Netherlands. Think about University’s in Amsterdam (8 co-writers to Al Core Nobel prize) and Leiden (Hyugens, Einstein, Lorentz, Kamerlingh Onnes) . Think about Philips Natlab in Eindhoven (CD)

    kind regards AJ

  5. Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Los Alamos, white sands, savannah river plant (sc). super collider site in waxahatchie tx; then there’s also a bunch of NASA sites that should qualify… how about fusion research? ITER site in france, JET in oxford,

  6. I remember reading somewhere that the wheel is thought to have been invented in sumeria, but don’t quote me on that. Even if I did read that somewhere, that of course doesn’t mean it’s correct.

  7. Thanks for the pointer…I was thinking a book of the map might be a good idea. Feel free to add the map to your blog any time, it’s never going to be done, I wouldn’t have thought…

  8. If you need help deciding on some places, check out the book Chasing Science by Frederick Pohl. I had reviewed this book as well. It is an excellent start to locating various places.

    I love the idea of a map. When you are done, I will put it on my blog, too. Thanks!!

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