Virginia Trimble Donation Initiates AIP Science Heritage Lecture Endowment Fund

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Science History lecture series renamed in honor of Lyne S. Trimble

College Park, Md., Feb. 28, 2013 — The American Institute of Physics' (AIP) Center for History of Physics and the Niels Bohr Library & Archives received a donation of $100,000 from Dr. Virginia Trimble toward the endowment of the Lyne Starling Trimble Science Heritage Lecture Series. In recognition of this generous gift, AIP has renamed its science history lecture series after her late father, Dr. L. S. Trimble (1912 – 1992). Lyne Trimble held patents for a number of color-reproduction systems and was an innovative chemist.

Virginia Trimble is a longtime supporter and friend of the history programs of AIP. The lecture series features prominent science historians and writers who highlight the important roles that science plays in modern society and culture. Past speakers in the lecture series included Nancy Greenspan, Gerald Holton, Roger Steuwer, David Devorkin, and Jim Ottaviani. Future speakers will come from diverse backgrounds and address science heritage from a variety of points of view. Through these lectures, the public will gain a greater understanding of science through our community of scholars, writers, and teachers at AIP's History Center and Library.

The endowment will be fully funded at $500,000 and will yield sufficient income to provide honoraria, travel expenses, publicity, and receptions for up to four speakers per year. AIP will continue to engage others who are committed to this outreach for the additional funding.

The American Institute of Physics is very grateful for Virginia Trimble's continued dedication and commitment to preserving and making known the history of physics.

About American Institute of Physics

The American Institute of Physics is an organization of 10 physical science societies, representing more than 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators. Through its Physics Resources Center, AIP delivers valuable services and expertise in education and student programs, science communications, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research in physics employment and education, industrial outreach, and the history of physics and allied fields. AIP publishes the flagship magazine, Physics Today, and is also home to Society of Physics Students and the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. AIP owns AIP Publishing LLC, a scholarly publisher in the physical and related sciences.

For more information, contact:

Richee-Lori Smith
Chief Development Officer
American Institute of Physics
Tel +1 301.209.3176
rsmith [at]