Karma chameleons

23 April 2019 by

In September 1763, the recently appointed Library and Repository Keeper, Clerk and Housekeeper of the Royal Society Emanuel Mendes da…

Jailbirds

22 January 2019 by

One of my standing jokes at the Royal Society is that, one day, I’ll take a step back from lauding…

A face from the archives

16 October 2018 by

Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791) is not one of the most high-profile past Fellows of the Royal Society. To the…