The Bronx Science Mural

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Two general figures who represent the fields of science and knowledge.

Before visitors can even walk through the doors of Bronx Science, they’re greeted by the giant mural that hangs over the front lobby. The 63-foot Venetian glass mosaic, titled “Humanities Protecting Biology, Physics, Chemistry,” was created by artist Frank J. Reilly when the school initially relocated to its current building in 1959. The artwork features great scientists that made significant breakthroughs in their respective fields of physics, biology, chemistry, and more. Along with historical figures such as Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, and Isaac Newton, the piece features a quote from philosopher John Dewey: “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.” For a school whose alumni boast eight Nobel Prizes and six Pulitzer Prizes, it seems fitting such a mural hangs over our school lobby. After all, any one of the thousands of students that roam the hallways could be the next to change the world of science, mathematics, and humanities.

“…any one of the thousands of students that roam the hallways could be the next to change the world of science, mathematics, and humanities.”

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This is Louis Pasteur, a famous biologist who influenced the development of pasteurization which was subsequently named after him.
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One of the most revolutionary figures in the field of physics and mathematics, Isaac Newton holds the apple that might have influenced his ideas of gravity.
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The only woman in the entire mural, Marie Curie is a revolutionary figure in the field of chemistry.
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Pythagoras is seen here to be holding a collection of papers.
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The mural goes as far back to depict Archimedes.
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Charles Darwin holds a bird hatching from an egg.
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Galileo holds an armillary sphere.
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