California Science Center, Los Angeles


The 1001 Inventions international touring exhibition enjoyed 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 was open for ten months, until the 11th of March 2012, and attracted more than 500,000 visitors.

As part of the ceremonial transfer of the 1001 Inventions exhibition from Los Angeles to Washtington DC, Dr. Diane Perlov and William T. Harris, Senior Vice Presidents of the California Science Center (CSC), presented Kathryn Kean, Vice President of Exhibitions at National Geographic, with 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.

Dr. Diane Perlov (center) and William Harris (right) present the Scribe Clock to Kathryn Kean of National Geographic
(Left to right) Kathryn Kean (VP, National Geographic), receives the “Scribe Clock
from Dr. Diane Perlov (VP,
CSC) and William Harris (VP, CSC)
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California Science Center, Los Angeles

Hillary Clinton Launches 1001 Inventions Los Angeles, California Exhibition

25th May 2011. US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, officially opened an award-winning exhibition about the scientific achievements of Muslim Civilization at the California Science Center in Los Angeles today. 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.

Hillary Clinton launches 1001 Inventions in Los Angeles (Source)

Speaking via video, Secretary Clinton praised the work of the 1001 Inventions brand 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.

1001 Inventions exhibition is open at the California Science Center
from 27th May till 31st December 2011

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

Full Text of Secretary Clinton’s Speech

“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.

Hillary Clinton speaking via video to launch the 1001 Inventions exhibition in Los Angeles

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 1001 Inventions and CE4tf (right).

New York to Los Angeles

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).

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.

 1001 Inventions on ABC7 San Francisco TV

The 1001 Inventions exhibition at California Science Center was featured on the ABC7 channel, as part of the “7 Live” programme broadcast across the San Francisco Bay Area, on the 17th June 2011.

NBC News Conference with Conan Nolan

The 1001 Inventions exhibition at California Science Center was featured on Southern California’s NBC4 channel, as part of the “News Conference” programme with Conan Nolan, on the 29th May 2011

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