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, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, E-mail: Peter.Morris@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

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, Summer 2015, are given below with a link to the PDF (784 KB).


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on "Wheeler Lecture and Bragg Nobel Prize Centenary Meeting" will be held on Tuesday 13 October 2015 at the Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

Wheeler Lecture and Bragg Nobel Prize Centenary Meeting

Programme

11.00Registration and coffee
11.25Welcome (Dr John Hudson, Chairman, Historical Group)
11.30Wheeler Award Lecture. Frank James (Royal Institution)
   Where Humphry Davy learnt to be a Chemist: Thomas Beddoes and the Medical Pneumatic Institution in the 1790s
12.30Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group AGM
12.45Lunchbreak
Lunch is not provided, but there is a café/restaurant at the RI, and there are plenty of sandwich bars, etc., nearby.

Meeting to mark the centenary of the award of the Nobel Prize to William and Lawrence Bragg for their work in X-ray crystallography

First Session — Chair: Anna Simmons
14.00Jennifer Wilson (University College London)
   The Early Career of Kathleen Lonsdale in X-ray Crystallography working with Sir William Henry Bragg
14.45Michael Glazer (University of Oxford)
   Lawrence Bragg‘s Role in X-ray Crystallography
15.30Tea interval
Second Session — Chair: John Nicholson
16.00Rupert Cole (Royal Institution / University College London)
   Bragg and the Beeb: Lawrence Bragg, the Royal Institution and Televising Science, 1938-1965
16.45Richard Catlow, FRS (University College London)
   Using Synchrotrons, Neutrons and Computers to Unravel the Atomic Architecture of Matter
17.30Informal tour of the Royal Institution

REGISTRATION

There is no charge for this meeting, but prior registration is essential. Please e-mail 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

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 7. Nitrogen, Novel High-Pressure Chemistry, and the German War Effort (1900-1918) by Anthony S. Travis, April 2015

For a PDF copy of the Occasional Paper (532 KB) click here

No 68. Summer 2015 Newsletter

For a PDF copy of the Newsletter (784 KB) click here

Contents

From the Editor

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP MEETINGS
ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP AGM
ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP NEWS
  RSC Chemical Landmark Plaque for Humphry Davy
  Wikipedia Editathon
  Members‘ Publications

PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY WITHOUT CHARGE

CAN YOU HELP?

FEEDBACK FROM THE SUMMER 2014 NEWSLETTER – Alwyn Davies

NEWS AND UPDATES

SOCIETY NEWS

SHORT ESSAYS
  The Life of Carl Friedrich Claus: A German-British Success Story – Ralf Stendel and Lorraine West
  Alfred Henry Allen: An Introduction – Peter Clare and Michele Clare
  Animal Glue: A Traditional Technological Product – Frederick G Page
  Alchemist in Residence: Artist Hilary Powell on her One-Year Artist Residency in UCL Chemistry – Hilary Powell

BOOK REVIEWS
  Peter J.T. Morris, The Matter Factory. A History of the Chemical Laboratory. – Peter Reed
  Kenneth Bertrams, Nicholas Coupain and Ernst Homburg, Solvay: History of a Multinational Family Firm – Peter Reed
  Marco Fontani, Mariagrazia Costa and Mary Virginia Orna, The Lost Elements: The Periodic Table’s Shadow Side – Alan Dronsfield
  Eric R. Scerri, The Periodic Table – A Very Short Introduction – Bill Griffiths
  Carl Djerassi, In Retrospect: From the Pill to the Pen – Derry W Jones

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
  The Life and Work of Sir John Cornforth AC CBE FRS

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

Contents of previous Newsletters (1996-2015)

PDFs of previous Newsletters (2010-2015)

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


Last update 21 July, 2015

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