Royal Society of Chemistry

HISTORICAL GROUP

Web pages prepared by Dr G P Moss, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, England. E-mail: g.p.moss@qmul.ac.uk

Chairman: Dr J A Hudson, Graythwaite, Loweswater, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0SU, England. E-mail: johnhudson25@hotmail.com

Secretary: Dr J Nicholson, 52 Buckingham Road, Hampton Middx TW12 3JG, England. E-mail: jwnicholson01@gmail.com

Treasurer: Dr P J T Morris, 5 Helford Way, Upminster, Essex RM14 1RJ

Membership: Prof W P Griffith, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ, England, E-mail: w.griffith@ic.ac.uk]

Newsletter Editor: Dr Anna Simmons, Epsom Lodge, La Grande Route de St Jean, St John, Jersey, JE3 4FL a.simmons@ucl.ac.uk

The Historical Group exists to encourage an interest in the history of chemistry and chemical industry among members of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and others. Membership is open to non-members of the RSC and embraces a wide range from those whose interest in the history of chemistry is a hobby to teachers of chemistry at all levels and professional historians.

The Group holds twice yearly meetings when academic papers are read and discussed. Summaries of papers read at these meetings are included in the Historical Group Newsletter along with reviews of recent books in the subject and news of other meetings and forthcoming events. The Newsletter is published twice yearly. Contributions of not more than 500 words on topics of current interest in the history of chemistry are invited for inclusion at the discretion of the Editor. The contents of the last issue, Winter 2017, are given below with a link to the PDF (1.5 MB).


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on "Chemistry and Anaesthesia – Some Historical Perspectives" will be held on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA [Click here for a map of the location of Burlington House which is labelled "The Royal Acad of Arts" (As well as the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House also contains the Geological Society, Linnean Society, Royal Astronomical Society and Society of Antiquaries)].

Chemistry and Anaesthesia – Some Historical Perspectives

Programme

10.30Registration and tea or coffee
11.00AGM, Historical Group
Chairman: John Hudson
11.20David Wilkinson (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)
   Anaesthesia ignored; why doesn't chemistry give us the answers ?
11.45Frank James (RSC Historical Group)
   Davy, nitrous oxide and Bristol
12.15John Pring (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)
   Nitrous oxide in anaesthetic practice: some reflections
12.45Lunch. This is not provided but there are several pubs and eating places nearby
Chairman: John Nicholson
14.10Ann Ferguson (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)
   Surgical relaxation: Crum Brown to the present day
14.45Alan Dronsfield (RSC Historical Group)
   Cocaine: a chemical, medical and social history
15.25Tony Wildsmith (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)
   Local anaesthetics after cocaine: early results of structure activity studies
16.00Tea interval
Chairman: John Hudson
16.20Adrian Padfield (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)
   Carbon dioxide: the original anaesthetic gas
16.55David Wilkinson (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)
   Post Manhattan: time for a new chemistry ?
17.15Concluding remarks by John Hudson
17.25Close of meeting

REGISTRATION

There is no charge for this meeting, but prior registration is essential. Please register by e-mail with Professor John Nicholson jwnicholson01@gmail.com. This is expected to be a popular meeting. If having registered, you are unable to attend, please notify Professor Nicholson.


How to join the Historical Group:

If you are a member of the RSC you should contact the Membership Department (01223 432141) quoting your name and membership number. When you have done this please inform the Group's Membership Secretary, Prof W P Griffith, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ, England, E-mail: w.griffith@ic.ac.uk]. Those who are not qualified to join the RSC but who are interested in the history of chemistry are welcome to join the Group at an annual subscription of £12 per annum. Please send your name, address, phone number, email address and a cheque for £12 made out to "The Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group" to Prof W P Griffith, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ, England. All members of the Group can download the Newsletter as a PDF. Hard copies are available if ordered in advance.

Other Useful Web pages

The Group maintains contact with colleagues in the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences.

The Library & Information Centre, Historical Chemistry Information Service.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation.

ACS Historical Division.

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry.

Details of Nobel Prize winners; portraits; and other details.

List of Nobel Prize winners for Chemistry.

Chemical Heritage Foundation.

History of Pharmacy Forum.

The History of Chemical Engineering.

The Classic Chemistry Page.

Alchemy Home Page.

Historic samples and specimens from the Chemistry Department, Imperial College, London.

History of chemistry in Heidelberg

Science & Civilisation in China Project (Needham Research Institute).

There is a History of Chemistry Mail List or email chem-hist-request@mailman.uni-regensburg.de

To send messages email chem-hist@mailman.uni-regensburg.de


Historical Group Newsletter and Summary of Papers
and Occasional Papers

Short articles on the history of chemistry for the Newsletter are welcome and should be sent to the editor, Dr Anna Simmons, Epsom Lodge, La Grande Route de St Jean, St John, Jersey, JE3 4FL a.simmons@ucl.ac.uk. Please consult the Instructions for Authors.

Occasional Paper No 9.

Robert Burns Woodward in his Own Words, Dr Peter J.T. Morris

For a PDF copy of the Occasional Paper (426 kB) click here

No 71. Winter 2017 Newsletter

For a PDF copy of the Newsletter (1.5 MB) click here

Contents

From the Editor

Message from the Chair

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP MEETINGS
  The Centenary of Robert Burns Woodward (1917-1979)
  Additional Historical Group Meeting for 2017

OBITUARY

MEMBERS' PUBLICATIONS
  RSC Historical Group Occasional Papers No. 8

NEWS AND UPDATES
  Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
  Science and Technology Archives Group
  New President for the Chemical Heritage Foundation
  Johnson Matthey Bicentenary
  Johnson, Matthey and the Chemical Society

SHORT ESSAYS
  From Cocaine to Novocaine – Chemistry and the Alleviation of Pain using Local Anaesthesia – Alan Dronsfield
  Ramsay's and some other Sealed Packets – Michael Jewess
  Two Hundred Years of Turmeric – Chris Cooksey

BOOK REVIEWS
  Brian Iddon, Science and Politics: An Unlikely Mixture (Alan Dronsfield)
  Mary Virginia Orna (ed.), Science History: A Traveler's Guide (Bill Griffith)
  Raymond G. Stokes and Ralf Banken, Building on Air: The International Gases Industry, 1886-2006 (Peter Reed)

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
  H.G.J. Moseley (1887-1915), A Lost Nobel Laureate? Russell Egdell
  Speech Delivered by Counsellor Mr Cem Işık

RSC NATIONAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
  Dalton Anniversary Celebrations, Manchester - John Hudson

REPORTS ON OTHER MEETINGS AND PLAQUES OF INTEREST
  Centenary of the Opening of the Dyson Perrins Organic Chemistry Laboratory - Peter Morris
  A Blue Plaque for Dr Alphonse Normandy - Debbie Radcliffe

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
  Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Meetings
  Chemistry and Anaesthesia: Some Historical Perspectives

OTHER MEETINGS OF INTEREST

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES


Contents of previous Newsletters (1996-2016)

PDFs of previous Newsletters (2010-2017)

PDFs of Occasional Papers 6-9

Biographies of Chemists including Confusing Names 1-3 from Newsletters 1998-9


Last update 18 May, 2017

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