Robert G. W. Anderson
|Robert Geoffrey William Anderson|
Robert G. W. Anderson (2006)
|Born||May 2, 1944|
|Institutions||Royal Scottish Museum; Science Museum, London; National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh; British Museum, London|
|Alma mater||St John's College, Oxford University|
Anderson studied at St John's College, Oxford University. He has held posts at the Royal Scottish Museum (joining as Assistant Keeper in 1970), the Science Museum, London, the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh and at the British Museum, London (1992–2002). Anderson oversaw the £100 million millennium project redevelopment of the British Museum's Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, designed by Norman Foster and opened by the Queen in 2000. Under Anderson the British Museum ran up a debt of £6.5m, staff went on strike for the only time in 250 years, galleries had to be closed, and visitor numbers fell 20%.
Subsequently, he has held visiting academic posts at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University and at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge (2002–2003). He is an Official Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
- R. G. W. Anderson, Presidential Address: 'What Is Technology?': Education through Museums in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. The British Journal for the History of Science, Volume 25, Number 2, pages 169–184, June 1992. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The British Society for the History of Science.
- Frank Greenaway, a colleague at the Science Museum
- ‘ANDERSON, Robert Geoffrey William’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 26 Sept 2013
- John W. Wotiz, A Conversation with Robert G. Anderson: Eminent Chemist and Director of the British Museum, Journal of Chemical Education, 72(8), p. 708, August 1995. ACS Publications. doi:10.1021/ed072p708
- British Museum 'needs £10m boost', BBC, 27 June 2002
- CRASSH fellowship, University of Cambridge, 2002–2003.
- Official Fellows, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 18 September 2009.