Prague Meeting on Historical Perspectives of Mass Spectrometry and the Czech Mass Spectrometry Museum
ÚOCHB/IOCB PRAGUE: Prague Meeting on Historical Perspectives of Mass Spectrometry
The origins of mass spectrometry in Czechia date back to the 1950s when a group of young scientists in the newly founded Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences started to build the first mass spectrometer in the country. Over the years, mass spectrometry gradually developed and gained in importance. The conference will explore the history, status and perspectives of mass spectrometry. It will mark the opening of the Czech Mass Spectrometry Museum and contribute to celebrations of 70th anniversary of mass spectrometry in our region.
The conference will take place in three localities in Prague districts Dejvice and Bubeneč: National Library of Technology (lectures), Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (vernissage tours), and Old Wastewater Treatment Plant (poster session & dinner).
Czech Museum of Mass Spectrometry
The museum aims to collect and display artifacts related to mass spectrometry, especially those associated with our geographical region. The technical museum shows key components of mass spectrometers used in the past and in contemporary laboratory practice, and it also displays historical documents, photographs, books, etc. The museum's mission is expressed in two words: education and inspiration. It demonstrates technologies hidden behind the cover and inside the vacuum systems, thus allowing a better understanding how the mass spectrometers actually work. Displayed technical solutions, prototypes, ideas, and stories can be inspiring for students, scientists, and designers of instruments.
The website will store the museum database with a detailed description of exhibits and bring topics from MS history.
The Czech Museum of Mass Spectrometry welcomes donations to its collection: instruments or their parts (broken, damaged, unused), and documents, photographs or books related to MS history.