17 May 2022

Leading RMS figures feature in absorbing BBC4 broadcast on microscopy

Society's Oxford offices and senior representatives go in front of the camera in Secrets of Size: Atoms to Supergalaxies

Microscopy enthusiasts were served up a televisual treat on Monday evening (16 May) with the broadcast of 'Going Small', the first instalment of a two-part BBC4 series examing the universe from atoms to supergalaxies.

Presented by renowned physicist Jim Al-Khalili, the programme covered some of the key discoveries and advances in microscopy, from Robert Hooke's iconic 'flea' drawing, to modern day approaches in Atomic Force Microscopy and Electron Microscopy.

The broadcast opened with a section filmed inside the RMS library at the Society's Oxford offices, where Professor Al-Khalili gave a 'piece to camera' while thumbing through a copy of Hooke's Micrographia.

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Presenter Jim Al-Khalili visited the RMS offices in Oxford to film the programme


Later, it included contributions from RMS Vice President, Professor Susan Anderson, and Professor Pippa Hawes, who sits on the Society's Professional Development and Training Focus Interest Group (FIG). It also featured RMS Honorary Fellows Max Haider, Harald Rose, Knut Urban and Ondrej Krivanek, discussing their landmark discoveries.

Recent winner of the RMS Scientific Achievement Award Quentin Ramasse was also among those appearing in front of the camera.

For those who missed it, 'Going Small' is available to view on BBC iPlayer