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Rita Moreno and George Chakiris at the 34th Academy Awards on April 9, 1962.

Jackie Gleason in “The Hustler” and Judy Garland in “Judgment At Nuremberg” were heavily favored to win the awards for best supporting actor and actress. However, they were defeated by George Chakiris and Rita Moreno as part of the “West Side Story” sweep. The musical film won a total of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Rita Moreno is the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award. She is also one of a select group of performers to have won all four of the most prestigious show business awards, two Emmys, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

‘Robert Hooke, Engineer’

By Rita Greer

A memorial portrait presented to the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University in 2009. It shows Hooke in Oxford with important work – a wheel barometer, his microscope and copy of 'Micrographia’, a pocket watch, optic, spring and universal joint. He is holding a chain to make a catenary arch and on the wall behind him is a map of the City of London which he helped to survey and rebuild after the Great Fire of 1666.

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The Coffee House

By Rita Greer

Coffee Houses played an important part in the social life of Robert Hooke. Only coffee and chocolate were served (no alcohol). Here news could be had, conversation, arguments, meetings, card games, wagers made, workmen could be paid, etc.(Hooke would sometimes carry out a scientific experiment in front of a coffee house audience as witnesses.) Hooke is shown writing (bottom left) at a table with people waiting to talk to him.