Chairman: Dr J A Hudson, Graythwaite, Loweswater, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0SU, England. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Dr J Nicholson, 52 Buckingham Road, Hampton Middx TW12 3JG, England. E-mail: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Newsletter Editor: Dr Anna Simmons, Epsom Lodge, La Grande Route de St Jean, St John, Jersey, JE3 4FL email@example.com
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 2018, are given below with a link to the PDF (960 KB).
The next meeting will be on "150th Anniversary of the Birth of Fritz Haber and of the First Synthesis of Alizarin" will be held on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 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)].
|10.00||Registration and tea or coffee|
|First Session Other Dyes Chairman: John Hudson|
|10.30||Welcome (Dr Peter Morris, Treasurer, Historical Group)|
|10.35||David Peggie (National Gallery)|
|Pigments from natural dyes: their manufacture and use in paintings at the National Gallery|
|11.05||Matthew Paskins (LSE)|
|Dye chemistry and substitutes: Sir Robert Robinson between industry and government 1922-1947|
|11.35||J. Sergio Seixas de Melo (University of Coimbra)|
|In the footsteps of Perkins and Caros (synthesis of) mauveine|
|12.05||Lunch. This is not provided but there are several pubs and eating places nearby|
|13.20||Historical Group AGM (members only) Tea interval|
|Second Session Alizarin Chairman: TBA|
|13.30||Mohammed Shahid (University of Glasgow)|
|Turkey red industry in the 19th century: Transition from natural madder to synthetic alizarin.|
|14.00||Vincent Daniels (British Museum)|
|Mysteries of the Madder Vat|
|14.30||Alan Dronsfield (University of Derby)|
|Madder root to synthetic alizarin — transformations that changed the world|
|15.00||Ernst Homburg (Maastricht University)|
|From madder to alizarin: Practicalities concerning the transition from natural to synthetic dyes|
|Wheeler Lecture Chairman: John Hudson|
|15.50||Introduction of Roy MacLeod as the Wheeler Lecturer by John Hudson|
|16.00||Roy MacLeod (University of Sydney)|
|Wheeler Lecture: Chemistry in War and Peace: Reflections on the Legacy of Fritz Haber|
|First Session Alizarin|
|17.20||Concluding remarks by John Hudson|
|17.30||Close of meeting|
There is no charge for this meeting, but prior registration is essential. Please register by e-mail with Professor John Nicholson firstname.lastname@example.org. This is expected to be a popular meeting. If having registered, you are unable to attend, please notify Professor Nicholson.
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: email@example.com]. 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.
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).
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consult the Instructions for Authors.
For a PDF copy of the Occasional Paper (1.5 MB) click here
For a PDF copy of the Newsletter (569 KB) click here
From the Editor
RSC HISTORICAL GROUP AUTUMN MEETING
The History of Dyes
RSC HISTORICAL GROUP AGM
Minutes of the Forty-Second Annual General Meeting
Accounts for RSC Historical Group for 2017
Message from the Retiring Chairman
Vacancy for Treasurer
New RSCHG Wheeler Lecture Published Online
PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
Mitteilungen GDCh-Fachgruppe Geschichte der Chemie, Nr 25
The Life of William Nicholson (1753-1815)
Articles on History of Chemistry that you Might Otherwise Miss
Former Ashgate Titles
British Society for the History of Pharmacy
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Creative Chemistry for Industry: Two Anniversaries - Anthony S. Travis
The RSC and SCI Joint Colloids Group's Three Awards: the Legacies of Graham, McBain and Rideal - Brian Vincent
Capsaicin - Chris Cooksey
Some Thoughts on Henry Moseley: His First and Last Years - Gordon Wood
Recollections of a Reader: The Famous Echo in the Reading Room of the British Museum - Peter Spargo
Iwan Rees Morus (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of Science (Bill Griffith)
Sue Durrell (ed.), The Life of William Nicholson, 1753-1815 (Peter Reed)
RSCHG MEETING REPORT
Some Chemical Consequences of World War I - John Hudson
PDFs of previous Newsletters (2010-2017)
PDFs of Occasional Papers 6-10
Biographies of Chemists including Confusing Names 1-3 from Newsletters 1998-9
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