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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).
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)].
|10.30||Registration and tea or coffee|
|11.00||AGM, Historical Group|
|Chairman: John Hudson|
|11.20||David Wilkinson (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)|
|Anaesthesia ignored; why doesn't chemistry give us the answers ?|
|11.45||Frank James (RSC Historical Group)|
|Davy, nitrous oxide and Bristol|
|12.15||John Pring (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)|
|Nitrous oxide in anaesthetic practice: some reflections|
|12.45||Lunch. This is not provided but there are several pubs and eating places nearby|
|Chairman: John Nicholson|
|14.10||Ann Ferguson (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)|
|Surgical relaxation: Crum Brown to the present day|
|14.45||Alan Dronsfield (RSC Historical Group)|
|Cocaine: a chemical, medical and social history|
|15.25||Tony Wildsmith (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)|
|Local anaesthetics after cocaine: early results of structure activity studies|
|Chairman: John Hudson|
|16.20||Adrian Padfield (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)|
|Carbon dioxide: the original anaesthetic gas|
|16.55||David Wilkinson (retired consultant anaesthetist, History of Anaesthesia Society)|
|Post Manhattan: time for a new chemistry ?|
|17.15||Concluding remarks by John Hudson|
|17.25||Close of meeting|
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Details of Nobel Prize winners; portraits; and other details.
List of Nobel Prize winners for Chemistry.
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History of Pharmacy Forum.
The History of Chemical Engineering.
The Classic Chemistry Page.
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History of chemistry in Heidelberg
Science & Civilisation in China Project (Needham Research Institute).
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From the Editor
ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP MEETINGS
Chemistry and Anaesthesia – Some Historical Perspectives
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group AGM
OBITUARY Professor Eric Bank
PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
NEWS AND UPDATES
Hidden Figures: Updating the Image of Women in Chemistry
Johnson, Matthey Celebrations Continue
William Herapath (1796-1868) – the first professor of chemistry in Bristol – Brian Vincent
Davy hits the headlines (again) – Michael Jewess
The Historic Practice of Deliberate Poisoning: With Reference to Dr Alphonse Normandy’s Testimony to the Parliamentary Select Committee in 1855 – Debbie Radcliffe
Paul David Blanc, Fake silk: the lethal history of viscose rayon (Anthony S. Travis)
Hannah Gay and William P. Griffith, The department of chemistry at Imperial College London: a history, 1845-2000 (Anna Simmons)
Balazs Hargittai and Istvan Hargittai, Wisdom of the martians of science: history in their own words with commentaries (Bill Griffith)
Trevor Levere, Larry Stewart and Hugh Torrens, with Joseph Wachelder, The enlightenment of Thomas Beddoes: science, medicine and reform (Brian Vincent)
Marelene Rayner-Canham and Geoff Rayner-Canham, A chemical passion: the forgotten story of chemistry at british independent girls’ schools, 1820s–1930s (John Nicholson)
Susan J. Smith, Toxic Exposures: Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States (John Hudson)
Melvyn C. Usselman, Pure intelligence: the life of William Hyde Wollaston (Bill Griffith)
MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
The centenary of Robert Burns Woodward (1917-1979)
RSC NATIONAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
New Dalton landmark plaque now installed
PDFs of previous Newsletters (2010-2017)
PDFs of Occasional Papers 6-9
Biographies of Chemists including Confusing Names 1-3 from Newsletters 1998-9
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