The 1001 Inventions international touring exhibition will enjoy its US West Coast Premiere at the world-renowned California Science Center, in Los Angeles, on the 27th of May 2011. Following this official public launch, the exhibition will be open to the public daily between 10am and 5pm, free of charge, until the end of the year.
California Science Center, Los Angeles
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, officially opened the award-winning exhibition 1001 Inventions about the scientific achievements of Muslim Civilization at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on 25th May 2011. The 1001 Inventions exhibition, which has already attracted more than one million visitors during the past year, landed at California's most popular museum, at a VIP launch day attended by LA County Sheriff Lee Baca and Ambassadors from LA-based foreign Consulates.
Speaking via video, Secretary Clinton praised the work of the 1001 Inventions initiative for "celebrating a millennium of science and innovation in the Muslim world," and described the launch of the exhibition as "an exciting day."
During her speech, Mrs. Clinton remarked that "the Muslim world has a proud history of innovators" and highlighted the achievements of people like Fatima Al-Fihri, who founded the world's first modern university, and master engineer Al-Jazari who created the crank mechanisms that drive every plane, train and automobile on the planet. (See below the transcription of the full text of Secretary Clinton's speech).
1001 Inventions exhibition is open at the California Science Center from 27th May till 31st December 2011
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Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Chairman of 1001 Inventions and FSTC, commented: "We're honored that Secretary Clinton agreed to launch our exhibition here at one of the most prestigious science museums in the world. California Science Center has an international reputation for excellence in providing engaging and entertaining science experiences for young and old alike.
He added "The goal of 1001 Inventions is to highlight the astounding contribution that Muslim civilization has made in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and how those advances still affect our lives today. More than a million people have already visited the 1001 Inventions exhibition during the first year of its global tour and that is the greatest endorsement we could ever hope for."
From left to right, William Harris (VP, CSC), Maurice Coles (FSTC), Jeff Rudolph (President and CEO, CSC) and Dr. Diane Perlov (VP, CSC)
The 1001 Inventions exhibition is currently on a five-year global tour, sponsored by ALJ Community Initiatives. Following blockbuster runs in London, Istanbul and New York, it will open at the prestigious California Science Center, in Los Angeles, on the 27th of May 2011 for a seven-month run. The exhibition reveals the forgotten history of men and women, from a variety of faiths and backgrounds, whose contributions to the advancement of scholarship and technology during the Middle Ages helped pave the way for the European Renaissance. This period of history from the 7th century to 17th century is commonly – though erroneously — referred to as the "Dark Ages."
The 1001 Inventions was recently crowned "Best Touring Exhibition" of the year at the annual Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards in London – considered by many to be the "Oscars" of the Museum world – fighting off stiff competition from some of the world's biggest names in exhibitions.
Maurice Coles from FSTC speaking at the launch of 1001 Inventions at the California Science Center
"I'm delighted to send greetings to each of you at this year's 1001 Inventions, celebrating a millennium of science and innovation in the Muslim world. This exhibition honors the remarkable accomplishments of Muslims throughout history. From a woman who founded a University in the ninth century, to a thirteenth century inventor and mechanical engineer, to a surgeon whose writings influenced European medicine for hundreds of years, and so many more.
And of course, we're looking at the impact of technology in the Muslim world right now as young people throughout the Middle East and North Africa find new ways to use social networking to get organized and to express their aspirations. Connection technologies offer an unprecedented opportunity. A platform through which everyone, from farmers to students to entrepreneurs, can exchange ideas and hatch plans for the world's next great invention.
But technology does not decide the future. People do. So as this exhibition shows, the Muslim world has a proud history of innovators. Now is the time to tap in to that legacy to harness the power of science and technology, and to create new pathways to prosperity. This is an exciting day and thank you for letting me share it with you."
Sheriff Baca of the County of Los Angeles (left) receiving the 1001 Inventions book from Maurice Coles of FSTC and CE4CE (right).
The exhibition enjoyed tremendous success at its inaugural US venue, the New York Hall of Science, where it increased visitor numbers by more than 25% and attracted brand new audiences to the Queens-based museum. The exhibition is expected to attract even bigger audiences once it moves to California and takes up residence at the Golden State's largest hands-on science center.
The California Science Center is the most popular museum destination in Southern California, receiving more than 18 million visitors since opening in February 1998. An admission-free venue, the Science Center offers permanent and changing exhibits and related educational programming through several galleries spanning more than 400,000 sq. ft (37,000 sq. metres).
Dr. Margaret Honey (The CEO and President of NYSCI) and Prof. Salim Al-Hassani (Chairman of 1001 Inventions and FSTC) present the Scribe Clock to Jeffrey Rudolph (President and CEO of the California Science Center)
The CEO and President of NYSCI, Dr. Margaret Honey, carried out a symbolic transfer of the exhibition to Jeffrey Rudolph, the President and CEO of the California Science Center, by handing over a reproduction of the Scribe Clock – a 13th century invention by master engineer Al-Jazari, who is one of the central characters within the exhibition.
California Science Center is based in Exposition Park which is also home to an IMAX cinema, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Natural History Museum of LA County, the Exposition Park Rose Garden, the California African American Museum, the Science Center School and Amgen Center for Science Learning.
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