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IOP headquarters

Buchan Plaque Opening Plaque
  • 76 Portland Place, London
    - (business address of the IOP)
  • Formerly the home of the author John Buchan
  • More recently of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Opened by the Queen 11 Dec 1996
Inside the entrance there is a plaque listing the rooms and their locations.
The previous HQ was 47 Belgrave Square, London. In 2014 there are plans to move nearer to Kings Cross see new HQ.
At one time there were photographs of IOP presidents mounted on the wall of the staircase. In 2013 they are no longer there. The names of Past Presidents can be found on Wikipedia, by looking for 'Presidents of the Institute of Physics', further details can be found there about some of them.
The rooms are listed below in alphabetical order of surname, further details about most of them can be seen by clicking on the underlined names:

Opening leaflet
The IOP held a meeting "Opening doors on physics" 19 -23 May 2003 to celebrate these enlarged facilities.
  • 80 Portland Place, London
  • Built ~1718 part of the development of Portland Place by the Adams brothers, it was named after the ground landlord, the Duke of Portland.
  • Records exist of occupants, the most notable, Earl Jellicoe, who modernised the Navy and became Commander-in-chief at the outbreak of WW I.
  • After WW II it was occupied by the Chartered Institute of Transport until 2002.
  • The main rooms were named after women physicists. The largest was 'the Franklin Theatre' named for Rosalind Franklin who took the photograph which showed DNA was in the shape of a double helix.
The rooms are listed below in alphabetical order of surname:

Page last updated 6 Feb 2015