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Cavendish Laboratory entrance

Old Cavendish Laboratory, Free School Lane

History of the Old Cavendish Laboratory

The Old Cavendish Laboratory was founded in 1874 by the Duke of Devonshire, Chancellor of the University. The first Cavendish Professor of Experimental Physics was James Clerk Maxwell who chose chose the quotation from Psalm 111:

Magna opera Domini exquisita in omnes voluntates eius

Great are the works of the Lord, sought out in accordance with his wishes

The gateway has the Cavendish motto:

CAVENDO TUTUS

Safety through caution

Fore more information on associated inscriptions see Cambridge Inscriptions Explained by Nancy Gregory (2006)

For a detailed history of the site see:

https://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/history

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