Techniquest has paid tribute to its inspirational founder Professor John Beetlestone, whose vision brought accessible scientific learning to millions of children across Wales.

The Professor, who founded the Cardiff-based science discovery centre in 1985, has sadly passed away at the age of 84 following a short illness.

The Cardiff University professor and his colleagues first set up the educational charity in a gas showroom opposite Cardiff Castle – where Burger King stands today.

They then moved the scientific centre and 100 exhibitions to Cardiff Bay, where the team began to focus on providing educational programmes for schools that make scientific learning more accessible and fun.

Now 30 years on, the centre has over 120 interactive exhibitions and connects with millions of schoolchildren and schools around Wales every year, linking in with the latest Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Stem) agenda.

Techniquest CEO Lesley Kirkpatrick said Professor Beetlestone’s contribution to the advancement of scientific education would continue to benefit children across Wales for generations to come.

She said: “We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved founder Professor John Beetlestone.

“We would like to pass on our condolences to all his family and friends and to those he inspired with his passion for science.

“Professor Beetlestone dedicated his life to making science and technology more accessible and enjoyable for children and adults alike across Wales and beyond.

“He leaves behind an impressive legacy which will continue to educate and capture the imagination of the future generations of aspiring scientists.

“He was an inspiration to us all and we are honoured to carry on his good work here at the centre.”

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