Skip to Content

Picturing Research: Historical Labs and Equipment

Tate Labs, then and now

Over the years, the Tate Laboratory of Physics has been remodeled and improved to meet the University of Minnesota’s research and education needs. Left: Construction workers add a new addition to Tate in 1951. Right: Today, Tate is being remodeled to improve lab space, lecture halls and interior accessibility.

A new Plant Growth Research Facility. A Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building. Renovations for research and learning spaces in iconic Pillsbury Hall. These are a few of the building projects highlighted in the University of Minnesota’s recent capital request to the Minnesota Legislature.

If funded, these projects will be the latest additions to a long history of cutting-edge research infrastructure at the U of M. In the course of the University’s 165-year history, researchers have used a wide range of laboratories and research equipment in fields ranging from aerospace engineering to disease prevention to advance knowledge and make discoveries that improve our health and quality of life.

In the gallery below, Inquiry takes a walk back through the research spaces of yore to highlight a small slice of the specialized equipment and laboratories that helped University researchers push forward in their fields of study.

 

Modern-day Tate Laboratory of Physics photo credit: Patrick O’Leary

Kevin Coss

Kevin Coss

Kevin is a writer with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

coss@umn.edu

Latest Blog Posts

View of Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis with downtown skyline in the background

Launch Minnesota aims to grow the startup ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs with resources and education to help them bring new technologies to market.

Read More
Football players gathered at the line of scrimmage, about to start a play

Research into how neurons become damaged sets the stage for drugs or other treatments that could limit or prevent long-term harm following a concussion.

Read More
Waves in water

A recently launched online platform aims to help researchers from across the University system connect around water-related discussions and research.

Read More
Jimmy Randolph

Darcy Solutions' systems provide greater heating and cooling capacity using less above-ground space, making them easier to install in existing buildings.

Read More