Following in the footsteps of James Smithson

Inveraray Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland was one of the places visited by James Smithson (1764–1829), geologist and founder of the Smithsonian Institution, during the summer of 1784 while he was traveling on a scientific expedition to the remote island of Staffa on Scotland’s Northwest coast. Steven Turner, curator in the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, recently retraced Smithson’s journey to Staffa and wrote about it in a fascinating post“ Following in the footsteps of James Smithson,” on the American History Museum blog “O say can you see?”

Posted: 18 August 2011
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.