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Definition of the Royal Institution from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Royal Institution

 
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a British organization established in 1799 with the aim of teaching science to the public through talks and experiments. Its past directors have included Michael Faraday and Humphrey Davy, and Faraday's scientific equipment is kept at the Institution's buildings in London. The most famous of its public talks is the Christmas Lecture for Young People which started in 1826.

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