Robert Anderson spent his professional career in national museums: the Royal Scottish Museum, the Science Museum, the National Museums of Scotland and the British Museum. He was on the curatorial side for 14 years and then acted as Director of the latter two for 18 years. On leaving the British Museum in 2002, he spent time studying at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and then moved to Cambridge, where he became Vice President of Clare Hall, a graduate college. There he acted as Chair of the art committee, but more recently has become Chair of its music committee. From 2016 to 2020, he returned to the United States to be President of the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. His publications deal mainly with the history of museums and with science in the Enlightenment. He has had a home in King's Lynn since 2014 and is Vice Chairman of True's Yard.

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