Robert G. W. Anderson

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Robert Geoffrey William Anderson
Born (1944-05-02)2 May 1944
Fields Chemistry, History
Institutions Royal Scottish Museum; Science Museum, London; National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh; British Museum, London
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford University

Robert Geoffrey William Anderson FRSE FSA (born 2 May 1944)[1] is a British museum curator and historian of chemistry who was Director of the British Museum, London.[2]

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).[3] 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.

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).[4] He is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.[5]


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  1. ^ ‘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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ British Museum 'needs £10m boost', BBC, 27 June 2002
  4. ^ CRASSH fellowship, University of Cambridge, 2002–2003.
  5. ^ Official Fellows, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 18 September 2009.

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