The RMS sends Best Wishes to Past President HRH Prince Philip HonFRMS
As HRH Prince Philip HonFRMS steps down from all royal engagements, we look back to the centenary of the RMS' Royal Charter 1966, the year that the Duke of Edinburgh was President of the RMS.
The centenary of the RMS' Royal Charter in 1966 gave us a great excuse to celebrate and the main event of the year was our international conference MICRO 66 (now the mmc-series, which we are rapidly preparing for at the beginning of July!)
1966 also saw the formation of the RMS Electron Microscopy section which now incorporates techniques including tomography and X-ray tomography.
MICRO 66 took place at Imperial College London from 18-22 June and was opened by HRH Prince Philip, then President and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. The focus of the conference which attracted over 5000 visitors was 'The Role of the Microscope in Scientific Investigation' and as well as the large exhibition alongside, the conference displayed a number of historical microscopes and apparatus from the RMS Collection.
As part of his presidential duties, HRH Prince Philip welcomed visitors to the events and presented the Honorary Fellowship Diploma to Prof Lozinski from the Institute for the Study of Machines, Moscow.
Details of the event and the Duke of Edinburgh's presidency were written and kept in Gerard L'Estrange Turner's 1989 book 'God Bless the Microscope' and the Society's Proceedings of 1966, now infocus magazine.
You can see extracts from these publications below.
The Royal Microscopical Society would like to offer our very best wishes to HRH Prince Philip as he steps down from official engagements and send our thanks for his support of the Society.