On October 5th 1852, L.L. Langstroth (Yale, class of 1831) patented the Langstroth beehive, a revolutionary innovation in beekeeping technology that allowed beekeepers to easily manage hives and extract honey. Langstroth discovered the exact distance that the frames of a beehive must be for bees to create honeycomb in a way that it can be efficiently extracted without damaging the hive, a distance he called “Bee Space.” Beekeepers have been using Langstroth’s hive design ever since it was first patented with very few changes to the original technology.
In 2013, Glen Meyerowitz (Yale, class of 2014) decided to continue the tradition of beekeeping innovation coming from Yale University, and founded the group Yale Bee Space. We are an undergraduate organization dedicated to all things beekeeping including the innovation of beekeeping technology, and hope to continue the tradition of beekeeping and a passion for bees alive at Yale!