Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Royal Society, The Royal Institution and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup

All roads lead to cricket!

Any association between the Royal Society, the Royal Institution and the current ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup may seem tenuous but links do exist!

Fascinating IET-History of Technology Network organised tour of the Royal Institution last Friday unveiled fascinating facts by guide Professor Frank James. Not only was George Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea closely involved with the founding of the Institute, a place to connect science with people, famous for its laboratory where Sir Michael Faraday, a hero of Margaret Thatcher , conducted his electricity experiments, Finch was also one of the founders of the Marylebone Cricket Club, housed at Lord's in St. Johns Wood, London.

Sir Joseph Banks , a 19th century Royal Society President, accompanied explorer Captain James Cook on his first voyage to Australia and New Zealand, both now cricket-playing nations. A strong cricket team, Australia's shock elimination from the early round of the 2009 ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup, with New Zealand losing out today on a semi-finals place to Sri Lanka, leaves South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka progressing to the semis of the tournament. And may the best team win.

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