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, School of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary's University College, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 4SX, England. E-mail: john.nicholson@smuc.ac.uk

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, Winter 2014, are given below with a link to the PDF (1.9 MB).


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on "Chemistry and World War 1" will be held on Wednesday 22 October 2014 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)]. The lectures will also be live streamed to Catalyst, Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 0DF

Chemistry and World War 1

Programme

10.15Registration and coffee
10.30RSC Historical Group AGM (Burlington House only)
10.50Welcome (Dr John Hudson, Chairman of Historical Group) & Introduction (Peter Reed)
11.00Dr Michael Freemantle (Science Writer)
   The Chemists’ War: 1914–1918
11.40Professor Roy MacLeod (University of Sydney)
   The Great Munitions Feat: Reflections on Kenneth Quinan, Gretna, and the Imperial Chemical Effort
12.20Wheeler Award Lecture: Dr Tony Travis (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
   Nitrogen, Novel High Pressure Chemistry and the German War Effort
13.00Lunch. This is NOT provided at Burlington House, but there are many cafés and bars close by.
Lunch IS provided at Catalyst, and this is included in the cost.
14.20Peter Reed (Independent Researcher)
   The British Chemical Industry and WW1: The United Alkali Company
15.00Dr Erik Langlinay (École de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
   The French Chemical Industry and WW1
15.40Tea
16.00Dr Viviane Quirke (Oxford Brookes University)
   Chemistry, patents and the transformation of the European pharmaceutical industry in WW1
16.40Colin Chapman (Chairman, RSC Bristol & District Section)
   From Bunsen to POWs in Britain: Dr K E Markel, a Chemist in the Great War
17.20Concluding Remarks
17.30Close of meeting

NB: A free booklet will be available remembering the members of the Chemical Society who gave their lives in WW1.

REGISTRATION for Burlington House

The cost of the meeting is £15. To register, please send name, address, and a cheque for £15 made out to Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group to Professor John Nicholson, School of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary's University College, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill Twickenham, TW1 4SX, by Monday 6th October. I enclose a cheque for 15 made out to Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group. Please enclose a SAE or give an email address if you require an acknowledgement.

REGISTRATION for Catalyst

The cost of the meeting is £20, which includes lunch and free parking. To register, please send name, address, and a cheque for £20 made out to Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group to Dr Diana Leitch, 11 Wingate Drive, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2RT, by Monday 6th October. Please enclose a SAE or give an email address if you require an acknowledgement.

For enquiries E-mail: john.nicholson@smuc.ac.uk.


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.

No 66. Summer 2014 Newsletter

For a PDF copy of the Newsletter (652 KB) click here

Contents

From the Editor

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP NEWS
  Outbreak! Education Project launches at Catalyst Centre
  MBE awarded to Dr Diana Leitch (John Hudson)
  MBE awarded to Dr Peter Wothers (John Hudson)
  Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group AGM
  Minutes of the Thirty-Seventh AGM of the RSC Historical Group
  Dr Patricia Swain (Alan Dronsfield)

MEMBERS’ PUBLICATIONS

FEEDBACK FROM THE WINTER 2014 NEWSLETTER
  A Choshu Five postscript – Alwyn Davies
  Eine fehlende Prüfungsaufgabe (A Missing Examination Paper) – Alan Dronsfield

CAN YOU HELP? Unidentified Items – Alwyn Davies

NEWS AND UPDATES
  The 2014 HIST awarded to Ernst Homburg, RSCHG Committee Member

ARCHIVE NEWS
  The Brunner-Mond Film Archive – Alan Dronsfield

SOCIETY NEWS
  Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
  The Partington Prize 2014
  Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

SHORT ESSAYS
  Whatever happened to "Dropsy"? – Alan Dronsfield and Pete Ellis
  Yiddish Chemical Literature: A Brief Introduction – Stephen M. Cohen
  Dr Alphonse René le Mire de Normandy (1809-1864) – A Brief Biography – Debbie Radcliffe and Jim Birkett
  Edmund Albert Letts (1852-1918): A Pioneer Environmental Analytical Chemist – D. Thorburn Burns
  Mauveine - The Final Word? (4) – Chris Cooksey

BOOK REVIEWS
  Jay A. Labinger, Up From Generality: How Inorganic Chemistry Finally Became a Respectable Field 2013 (Alan Dronsfield)
  André Authier, Early Days of X-Ray Crystallography, 2013 (Bill Griffith)

RSC NATIONAL HISTORICAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
  RSC Chemical Landmark Plaque to Honour Dorothy Hodgkin – Alan Dronsfield

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
  A Revolution in Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation
  Chemistry as a Hobby

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

Contents of previous Newsletters (1996-2013)

PDFs of previous Newsletters (2010-2014)

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


Last update 29 July, 2014

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