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William Nicholson (1753-1815) doesn’t tend to get the recognition we feel he deserves. He was a visionary polymath of his day, a scientist, inventor, architect and author, and a crucial pioneer in the field of green energy long before such a term was coined. In 2018 we published a book edited by Sue Durrell called The Life of William Nicholson which brought the great man some much-warranted attention and recognition.

Among his greatest achievements was inventing the process of electrolysis, which today allows hydrogen fueled cars to work, among other things, and has been very useful in the ongoing global battle to stop using carbon based nonrenewable energy sources.

We are therefore very proud to announce that William Nicholson will be making an appearance at the 2020 Bloomsbury Festival alongside the UCL hydrogen fuel cell demonstrator! – in person and online!! The Bloomsbury festival is on from the 16th to 25th of October, and Nicholson’s appearance will be on the 17th, and (as numbers are limited this year) there is also an online festival, in which the Nicholson event will be on the 20th.

For more information on the event click here: 

And for the online version:

Further articles about his life and contribution can be found here: 

William Nicholson (1753-1815)

Our book and a Q&A with the author are available here:

Q&A with Sue Durrell on William Nicholson


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