Westminster, UK – It was founded in 1754 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1847.

The RSA members are still among the innovative contributors to the human knowledge, as shown by the Oxford English Dictionary which records the first use of the term “sustainability” in an environmental sense of the word in the RSA’s Journal in 1980.

The RSA’s mission expressed in the founding charter was to “embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art, improve our manufacturers and extend our commerce”, but also of the need to alleviate poverty and secure full employment.[

Being elected an RSA Fellow depends on having achieved (or demonstrating the potential to achieve) a contribution to society in a cultural or arts-related sphere. The RSA states that, ‘Fellows attach the letters FRSA after their name’.

The RSA is a society that has welcomed many high profile people such as one of its earliest members, Italian: Gugliemo Marconi, the inventor of the Radio, among its other illustrious members are Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens,  Alexander Graham Bell, Michael Faraday, George Washington Carver, Thomas Gainsborough, Nelson Mandela, and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Currently, The RSA has more than 27,000 fellows all around the world. Its Patron is currently HM Queen Elizabeth 2nd; its President is Anne, Princess Royal.

For more about RSA, visit TheRSA.org

 

 

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