You Tubed – Imperial channel passes one million views
10 July 2012
Anti-gravity demonstrations, molecular gastronomy and Luke Skywalker on campus are all among the hit videos that have recently pushed Imperial’s YouTube channel past the one million views mark.
Featuring almost 350 videos, the channel lets viewers learn more about the College, its research and facilities, and about student life.
Launched in April 2008, the channel now has nearly 2,000 subscribers. The most popular video, with over a quarter of a millions views alone, shows Professor Eric Laithwaite in 1983 using a gyro wheel to showcase some of the stranger principles of Physics.
With the College’s in-house video production unit dating back more than 40 years, the YouTube channel offers an insight into Imperial life in days gone by. Among the moments captured on film include a tour of the Mathematics Department by Dr Lynda White in 1981, and a RAG-week fundraising event in the late 1970’s with students participating in ‘Silly Sports’ outside Harrods.
More recently, videos on the channel reflect what’s happening in the news, with Professor Gavin Davies (Physics) explaining the Higgs-bosun announcement ‘in a nutshell’, and a video which showcases students’ research projects to support the development of Paralympic sports equipment.
While some of the video content is what viewers might expect, such as tours of student accommodation and graduation ceremonies, others are a little more surprising. One video shows an interview between a Felix journalist and the actor Mark Hamill, in which the actor talks about his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, in 1977.
Below are some of the most popular and surprising videos from the channel.