The two new science laboratories were officially opened by former pupil Professor Peter Dornan FRS following Speech Day last Saturday.
Professor Dornan is a distinguished particle physicist who has worked at CERN and attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School from 1951-58.
Current pupils were on hand to demonstrate experiments and to show off the new facilities to Professor Dornan and invited guests.
At the unveiling of the plaque Professor Peter Dornan said: “During the 66 years since I left LRGS there have been very many discoveries in science, but I can assure the young people here that there is still an awful lot to discover. The pleasure in science is making discoveries and once you have made those discoveries, applying them for the benefit of everyone.”
Professor Dornan emphasised the international aspect of science, he said:
“Science is truly international. Molecules, atoms, constituents of atoms are the same whether you are in the USA or China, Hindu India or Islamic Saudi Arabia. It’s all the same, therefore scientists have a common goal, a common wish to advance knowledge and this is incredibly valuable and I urge the young people to embrace this aspect of science. My own research has taken me from east Japan to the west coast of the USA and I have found it very rewarding. You meet people of very different cultures. Science teaching in the UK is as good as anywhere in the world but we still can learn from other people from different cultures and how they do things and you should try and do this, it is very important indeed. I have worked a lot in the CERN laboratory in Geneva and there we have an experiment where we have Iranians working with Americans, Indians working with Pakistanis, all with a common goal to push the science forward.”
He concluded his opening speech by reminding the assembled guests and pupils to keep on discovering, he said: “I urge you to embrace science; there is still a tremendous lot to do. The more we know, the more we discover, the more we know we have to discover, because the more you know, the more you realise you don’t know. Embrace the international aspect, as we live in a divisive world at the moment and try to use science to help to make the world a little more coherent and sensible.”