California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Celebration
150th Anniversary Celebration 150 Years: A Timeline 150 Years of Research The New Academy

150 Years: A Timeline — 1848-1905 | 1906-1941 | 1942-1976 | 1977-2003

 

 

1982
NEW TOOLS OF SCIENCE

Innovations such as computers, DNA sequencing and the scanning electron microscope (SEM)
offer scientists new insight and understanding.

Data are gathered, processed and shared
rapidly. These are critical advantages as
dwindling biodiversity brings new urgency
to the Academy mission: to explore and
explain the natural world.

1985 - Hole discovered in
Earth’s ozone layer
1983
BRINGING SCIENCE TO THE PUBLIC

Employing new media and emerging
technologies, the Academy continually reaches out to new and diverse audiences.

In an age of mass extinctions, responsible environmental stewardship is critical;
the Academy’s role in promoting science education is more important than ever.

1991 - Cold War ends
1989
LOMA PRIETA EARTHQUAKE:
PRELUDE TO CHANGE

“Moderately severe,” the Loma Prieta earthquake causes the Academy to close Bird Hall permanently and reevaluate the safety,
purpose and functionality of its other buildings.

2000
EXPLORING WORLD
BIODIVERSITY

Working in biodiversity hot spots worldwide, Academy researchers share knowledge to
promote local stewardship.

After a period of independent, individual research, Academy scientists return to a tradition of multidisciplinary collaboration. Teams of researchers work together — in field and laboratory — exchanging ideas and perspectives.

2001 - Human genome
sequence published

2003
TRANSITION:
A PLACE TO TEST IDEAS

As the Academy celebrates its 150th anniversary, it is also preparing to move out of Golden Gate Park. By year’s end, the Academy’s temporary home will be at 875 Howard Street.

In addition to a public aquarium, the transition site has room for testing new ideas for exhibits, educational programs and other visitor services.

 

California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Celebration