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Fireside Chat ‘The collections of Scientific Instruments of the Greek Schools in Istanbul’

May 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST

Presented by Panagiotis (Takis) Lazos, Greece


The Great School of Nation, known also as Phanar Greek Orthodox College, Istanbul (image courtesy of Panagiotis Lazos).

In Istanbul, three minority secondary education schools operate today for the Orthodox Christian citizens of Turkey. These schools were established by the Greek community of the city in the 19th century or even earlier. Additionally, on the island of Halki, there is the now-closed Theological School from which future priests of the community graduated. These schools have rich collections of scientific instruments for the teaching of physics and chemistry, most of which were acquired in the second half of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. We will present a brief history of the schools, the needs and the means that led to the acquisition of this equipment and some significant samples from the collections.

Colomb apparatus (image courtesy of Panagiotis Lazos).

Speaker biography

Panagiotis (Takis) Lazos is a physics teacher in secondary education, the head of the 4th Laboratory Center of Natural Sciences of Athens and the scientific project manager of the project www.hasi.gr. One of his main research interests is the history of scientific instruments of the 19th and 20th century used in education.



May 11
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST
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On-line, for SIS-members only.


Louise Devoy
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