Royal Society of Chemistry

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Contents list from Newsletters

Newsletter No 72 Summer 2017
Occasional Paper No 9 April 2017
Newsletter No 71 Winter 2017
Occasional Paper No 8 November 2016
Newsletter No 70 Summer 2016
Newsletter No 69 Winter 2016
Newsletter No 68 Summer 2015
Occasional Paper No 7 April 2015
Newsletter No 67 Winter 2015
Newsletter No 66 Summer 2014
Newsletter No 65 Winter 2014
Newsletter No 64 Summer 2013
Newsletter No 63 Winter 2013
Newsletter No 62 Summer 2012
Newsletter No 61 Winter 2012
Newsletter No 60 August 2011
Newsletter January 2011
Newsletter August 2010
Newsletter February 2010
Occasional Paper No 6 August 2009
Newsletter August 2009
Newsletter January 2009
Newsletter August 2008
Newsletter January 2008
Newsletter August 2007
Occasional Paper No 5 August 2007
Occasional Paper No 4 August 2007
Newsletter February 2007
Newsletter September 2006
Newsletter February 2006
Newsletter July 2005
Newsletter February 2005
Newsletter August 2004
Newsletter January 2004
Newsletter August 2003
Newsletter February 2003
Occasional Paper No 3 February 2003
Newsletter August 2002
Newsletter February 2002
Newsletter August 2001
Newsletter February 2001
Newsletter September 2000
Occasional Paper No 2 June 2000
Newsletter February 2000
Newsletter September 1999
Newsletter February 1999
Newsletter July 1998
Newsletter January 1998
Newsletter July 1997
Occasional Paper No 1 July 1997
Newsletter January 1997
Newsletter July 1996
Newsletter February 1996


No 72. Summer 2017 Newsletter

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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

Occasional Paper No 9.
Robert Burns Woodward in his Own Words by Dr Peter J.T. Morris (April 2017)

(The Sixth Wheeler Lecture, Royal Institution, 17 May 2013)

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No 71. Winter 2017 Newsletter

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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

Occasional Paper No 8.
‘the first example ... of an extensive scheme of pure scientific medical investigation’: Thomas Beddoes and the Medical Pneumatic Institution in Bristol, 1794 to 1799
by Frank A.J.L. James (November 2016)

(The Eighth Wheeler Lecture, Royal Institution, 12 October 2015)

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No 70. Summer 2016 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP MEETINGS
  H.G.J. Moseley (1887-1915): A Lost Nobel Laureate ?

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP AGM

RSC NEWS
  The Historical Group on Breakfast in Dorset

MEMBERS' PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
  Proceedings of the International Workshop on the History of Chemistry
  Explore Early Chemical Developments through Nicholson's Journal

NEWS AND UPDATES
  Royal Institution

SOCIETIES NEWS

SHORT ESSAYS
  The Chemical Society and the Royal College of Chemistry (Bill Griffith)
  Fighting Infections - A Chemical History (Alan Dronsfield and Pete Ellis)
  William Ramsay's Pli Cacheté of 1894 (Alwyn Davies)

BOOK REVIEWS
  William H. Brock, The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (Hattie Lloyd)
  Masanori Kaji, Helge Kragh and Gábor Palló (eds.), Early Responses to the Periodic System (John Nicholson)
  Otto Meth-Cohn, The Nearly Man (Alan Dronsfield)
  C.N.R. Rao and Indumati Rao, Lives and Times of Great Pioneers in Chemistry (Lavoisier to Sanger) (Bill Griffith)
  Peter Reed, Entrepreneurial Ventures in Chemistry: The Muspratts of Liverpool, 1793-1934 (Anna Simmons)

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
  The Atom and the Molecule: A Symposium Celebrating Gilbert N. Lewis (Henry Rzepa)

RSC NATIONAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
  Plaques honouring Sir John Cornforth at the Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne
  Sir John Cornforth AC CBE FRS

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

FORTHCOMING COURSES

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

Editor's Note

No 69. Winter 2016 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor

Message from the Chair

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP MEETINGS
“The atom and the molecule”: celebrating Gilbert N. Lewis

RSCHG NEWS
PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST

CAN YOU HELP? - Update from the summer 2015 newsletter

Feedback from the summer 2015 newsletter

NEWS AND UPDATES

SHORT ESSAYS
  175 Years of Institutionalised Chemistry and Pharmacy – William H. Brock
  Romance, Murder and Mystery: Frederick Penny and the Murders by Poisoning in Glasgow – D. Thorburn Burns
  "I will let that man see yet whether weavers can make dyes!" World War I and the formation of Scottish Dyes Ltd – John Hudson

BOOK REVIEWS
  Anthony C. Cartwright, The British Pharmacopoeia 1864 to 2014: Medicines, International Standards and the State, 2015 (Anna Simmons)
  Geoffrey M. Bowers and Ruth A. Bowers, Understanding Chemistry through Cars 2015 (Peter Reed)

RSC NATIONAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
  Humphry Davy Chemical Landmark Plaque erected in Penzance (Michael Jewess)
  National Chemical Landmark in honour of Sir Edward Frankland, Lancaster Royal Grammar School (John Hudson)
  National Chemical Landmark in honour of Robert Angus Smith

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
Tenth International Conference on the History of Chemistry (Peter Morris)
The Wheeler Lecture
Bragg Meeting

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Meetings
British Society for the History of Pharmacy Meetings
SCI London Regional Group
Institute of Physics History Group Meetings

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

No 68. Summer 2015 Newsletter

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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

Occasional Paper No 7.
Nitrogen, Novel High-Pressure Chemistry, and the German War Effort (1900-1918) by Anthony S. Travis (April 2015)

  (The Seventh Wheeler Lecture, Burlington House, 22 October, 2014)

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No 67. Winter 2015 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP NEWS
  The Life and Work of Sir John Cornforth CBE AC FRS
  Royal Society of Chemistry News
  Feedback from the Summer 2014 Newsletter – Alwyn Davies
  Another Object to Identify — John Nicholson
  Published Histories of Chemistry Departments in Britain and Ireland – Bill Griffith

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

SOCIETY NEWS
  News from the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
  News from the Historical Division of the German Chemical Society – W.H. Brock

SHORT ESSAYS
  Jeremy Bentham, chemist manqué – Alwyn Davies
  From Waterloo to Thiopentone: The Early Chemical History of Intravenous Anaesthesia – Alan Dronsfield, Pete Ellis and John Pring

BOOK REVIEWS
  Philip W. Anderson, More and Different: Notes from a Thoughtful Curmudgeon – Derry W. Jones
  Michael Freemantle, The Chemists’ War 1914–1918 – Peter Reed
  Kersten T. Hall, The Man in the Monkeynut Coat – Bill Griffith
  Peter Reed, Acid Rain and the Rise of the Environmental Chemist in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Life and Work of Robert Angus Smith – Anna Simmons

ESSAY BOOK REVIEW
  Polanyi: Physical Chemist and Science Philosopher – Derry W. Jones

RSC CHEMICAL LANDMARK SCHEME
  RSC Chemical Landmark Plaque at Johnson Matthey Plc – Bill Griffith
  RSC Chemical Landmark Plaque honouring Thomas Graham at the University of Strathclyde - John Hudson
  RSC Chemical Landmark Plaque awarded to Saltend Chemicals Park, Hull – Alan Dronsfield
  Dan Eley: A Celebration of 100 Years of Life and Science – Mike Hey

MEETING REPORTS
  Chemistry & World War One – Peter Reed

MEMBERS’ PUBLICATIONS

Forthcoming Lectures

Calls for Papers

Forthcoming Meeting

No 66. Summer 2014 Newsletter

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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

No 65. Winter 2014 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP NEWS
  From the incoming Chairman
  Changes to the Committee
  RSCHG Meetings: 2013-2014
  Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Service

COMMENTS TO THE EDITOR

PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST

  Members' Publications
OBITUARY

NEWS AND UPDATES
  Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
  News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)

SHORT ESSAYS
  Logwood Chips are History Chris Cooksey
  Edward Turner's Examination Paper, 1829-1830 - Alwyn Davies
  Thomas Andrews, MD, MRIA, Hon. FRSE, FRS, (1813-1885) - D. Thorburn Burns
  Alexander Williamson and the Modernisation of Japan - Alwyn Davies
  A Chance Encounter... - Alan Dronsfield
  Dedication of a New Monument to Professor and Mrs Alexander W. Williamson - Kemmyo Taira Sato
  Thomas Graham Lecture - Yoshiyuki Kikuchi

BOOK REVIEWS
  Alwyn Davies and Peter Garratt, UCL Chemistry Department 1828-1974 (Bill Griffith)
  Prakash Kumar, Indigo Plantations and Science in Colonial India (Peter Reed)
  Eric Scerri, A Tale of 7 Elements (Alan Dronsfield)

SHORT ESSAY REVIEW
  Mauveine Again Chris Cooksey

RSC NATIONAL HISTORICAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
University of Southampton Bill Griffith
The Discovery and Progress of the Drug Ibuprofen Alan Dronsfield and Edwin Sylvester

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
  Chemistry Meets Medicine: Some Historical Perspectives
  The 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester 21-28 July 2013
  Sites of Twentieth Century Chemistry, Uppsala, 21 August 2013
  9th International Conference on the History of Chemistry Uppsala, 22-25 August 2013

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

CALLS FOR PAPERS

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

No 64. Summer 2013 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor

OBITUARIES
  Professor Colin Russell (1928-2013) Peter J.T. Morris
  Dr John Shorter (1926-2013) John Nicholson
  Dr Frank Greenaway (1917-2013) Peter J.T. Morris
  Professor David C. Goodman Peter J.T. Morris

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP NEWS
  Changes at the top
  Election of RSC Historical Group Chair John Nicholson
  Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group AGM
  Minutes of the Thirty-Seventh AGM of the RSC Historical Group
  Free Access to the RSC’s On-line Archives

SUMMER 2012 NEWSLETTER FEEDBACK
  The Great Stink (2) Chris Cooksey

MEMBERS' PUBLICATIONS

NEWS AND UPDATES
  Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
  News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)
  News from the ACS Division of the History of Chemistry
  Liebig-Woehler-Freundschaft-Preis

USEFUL WEBSITES AND ADDRESSES

SHORT NOTICES
  Whatever Happened to Alabamium and Virginium? Alan Dronsfield and Margaret Hill
  Faraday's "Blue" Plaque - Commemorating a Remarkable Master as well as a Remarkable Servant Michael Jewess

BOOK REVIEWS
  Gerald Hayes, The Catalyst Triangle: Mathieson, McKechnie and Wigg (Chris Cooksey)
  Michael Freemantle, Gas! Gas! Quick, Boys! How Chemistry Changed the First World War (Peter Reed)
  Carl Djerassi, Chemistry in Theatre: Insufficiency, Phallacy or Both (Derry W. Jones)

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
The History of the Chemical Industry in the Runcorn - Widnes Area
History of Fluorine - Some Historical Aspects of the Chemistry of Fluorine
Robert Woodward - Chemist Extraordinary

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

No 63. Winter 2013 Newsletter

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From the Editor

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY HISTORICAL GROUP NEWS
  Changes at the top
  The RSC Biographical Database
  Historical Group is joint winner of the RSC IYC Challenge Competition
  RSCHG Meetings
  Obituary: Harold Booth, 1926-2012 - Alan Dronsfield

SUMMER 2012 NEWSLETTER FEEDBACK

MEMBERS' PUBLICATIONS

NEWS AND UPDATES
  News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation
  Forum for the History of Chemical Sciences
  A History of Platinum and its Allied Metals

USEFUL WEBSITES AND ADDRESSES

SHORT NOTICES
  Bonding Beyond Borders: The Tetsuo Nozoe Autograph Books

SHORT ESSAYS
  The Great Stink - Chris Cooksey
  Conserving the Archives of a Technical Company - Derek Palgrave

BOOK REVIEWS
  Robert G.W. Anderson and Jean Jones, eds, The Correspondence of Joseph Black - W. H. Brock
  Raymond G. Anderson, Brewers and Distillers by Profession: A History of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. - Alan Dronsfield
  John S. Rowlinson, Sir James Dewar, 1842-1923: A Ruthless Chemist - Alan Dronsfield
  John C. Powers, Inventing Chemistry: Herman Boerhaave and the Reform of the Chemical Arts, - Chris Cooksey
  Gilbert Thompson, ed, Nobel Prizes that Changed Medicine - Bill Griffith
  R.G. Compton, et al. A.G. Stromberg - First Class Scientist, Second Class Citizen - Bill Griffith

SHORT ESSAY REVIEW
  Perception, Passion and Perseverance - Derry W. Jones

RSC NATIONAL HISTORICAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
  Chemical Landmark Plaque for the Glucose Sensor
  Chemical Landmark Plaque for Lord Porter of Luddenham, OM PRS

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
  Under the Influence: Famous Textbooks and their Authors

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

CALLS FOR PAPERS

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

No 62. Summer 2012 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor
RSC Historical Group News - Bill Griffith
Guidelines for Contributors
The RSCHG Newsletter is now held in the British Library
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group AGM
Minutes of the Thirty-Sixth Annual General Meeting
Winter 2012 Newsletter Feedback (Alfred Tutton) - W.H. Brock
Postscript to Alan Dronsfield's review of The Case of the Poisonous Socks
Copperas Manufacture in Essex - John S. Davidson
Members' Publications

NEWS AND UPDATES
SHORT NOTICES
What happens to our experimental data?
USEFUL WEBSITES AND ADDRESSES

SHORT ESSAYS
What analytical chemistry owes to Silent Spring - Anthony S. Travis
Organic dyes: Germany's greatest industrial achievement? - Richard Toon

HISTORICAL REMINISCENCES
John Wilson (1890-1976): Chemist, Research Association Director and Talent Spotter - Derry W. Jones

BOOK REVIEWS
Colin A. Russell and John A. Hudson, Early Railway Chemistry and its Legacy. (Alan Dronsfield)
Norman and Elaine Beale, Echoes of Ingen Housz: the long lost story of the genius who rescued the Hapsburgs from smallpox and became the father of photosynthesis (Les Woodcock)
Alan J. Rocke, Hermann Kopp, From the Molecular World. A Nineteenth-Century Science Fantasy (W.H. Brock)

RSC NATIONAL HISTORICAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
Chemical Landmark Plaque for James 'Paraffin' Young, The Bennie Museum, Bathgate, West Lothian - John Hudson

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
Where there's muck there's brass!!: Reclamation of Chemical Sites Peter Reed

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Meetings
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Meetings
American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry

CALLS FOR PAPERS
FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

No 61. Winter 2012 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor
RSC Historical Group News - Bill Griffith
Identification Query - W. H. Brock
Members' Publications

NEWS AND UPDATES
USEFUL WEBSITES AND ADDRESSES

SHORT ESSAYS
The Copperas Works at Tankerton - Chris Cooksey
Mauveine - the final word? (3) - Chris Cooksey and H. S. Rzepa
Historical Reminscences - David Leaback

BOOK REVIEWS
William H. Brock, The Case of the Poisonous Socks: tales from chemistry (Alan Dronsfield)
Michael Faraday, The Chemical History of a Candle (Alan Dronsfield)
Ed. Carmen J. Giunta, Atoms in Chemistry: From Dalton's Predecessors to Complex Atoms and Beyond (Bill Griffith)

RSC NATIONAL HISTORICAL CHEMICAL LANDMARKS
Chemical Landmark plaque to mark the centenary of Rutherford's nuclear atom - Alan Dronsfield
Chemical Landmark Plaque for Halothane, Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum, Widnes - John Hudson
The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre Bill Griffith

MEETING AND CONFERENCE REPORTS
8th International Conference on History of Chemistry - W.H. Brock
Dyes in History and Archaeology 30: a joint meeting with the Historical Group - Chris Cooksey
Environmental Chemistry: An Historical Perspective Peter Reed
Academics, Consultants, Industrialists and Government Chemists: The History of Chemists' Careers in England from 1880 to the 1970s - Anna Simmons
The 250th anniversary of the birth of Smithson Tennant celebrated - Bill Griffith

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Meetings
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Meetings
Oxford Seminars in the History of Chemistry: February 2012 - May 2012
'From Alchemy to Chemistry'
American Chemical Society – Division of the History of Chemistry
Calls for Papers
Forthcoming Conferences

August 2011 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group News
Electronic Version of the Newsletter
Depositing the RSC Historical Group Newsletter at the British Library
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group AGM
Minutes of AGM - 19 March 2010
January 2011 Newsletter - Feedback Marelene Rayner-Canham and Geoff Rayner-Canham
Members' Publications
Recent publications by Historical Group Committee Members

News and Updates
Partington Prize
Royal Society Exhibition - Visualising Matter: The Graphic Teaching Tools of Chemistry in the Age of Revolution
Syracuse University Plastics Collection Goes Online
Useful Websites and Addresses
Centenary of Marie Curie's Nobel Prize for Chemistry - Bill Griffith
Some Thoughts on Marie Curie, Double Nobel Laureate - Marelene Rayner-Canham and Geoff Rayner-Canham

Book Review
Joséf Hurwic, Maria Sklodowska-Curie and Radioactivity- Bill Griffith

Short Essays
George Kakabadse (1917-2002): Analytical Chemist with a Remarkable History - Derry W. Jones
The Moissan-Stock-Emeléus connection - Eric Banks

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmark
Chemical Landmark plaque for Unilever - Bill Griffith

English Heritage Plaques
English Heritage plaque to Sir William Ramsay Bill Griffith

Meeting and Conference Reports
Marie Curie and aspects of the History of Radiochemistry - Alan Dronsfield and Bill Griffith

Forthcoming Meetings
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Meetings
Dyes in History and Archaeology 30
Environmental Chemistry: A Historical Perspective
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Meetings
News from the American Chemical Society, Division of the History of Chemistry
Hazardous Chemicals: Agents of Risk and Change (1800-2000)
8th International Conference on History of Chemistry (ICHC

January 2011 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor
Correction
Welcome to new RSC Historical Group Members - Bill Griffith
RSC News
Chemistry Connections – A New RSC Project - Sophie Boldon
Free On-line Access to the RSC’s Journal Archives (pre-1939)
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Meetings: 2010 and 2011 - Bill Griffith

News and Updates
Thomas Graham Lectures
News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)
Roy G. Neville Prize
Useful websites and addresses

Short Essays
The History of Patents in the UK. - Richard Toon
Ida Freund, the first woman chemistry lecturer Margaret Hill and Alan Dronsfield
A History of World Science: In four objects from the Cuming Museum, Southwark, London, and discussed, assessed and presented, by local children 2000-2001 - David H. Leaback

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmark
Chemical Landmark Plaque for Pfizer - Alan Dronsfield
Inorganic Chemical Laboratory, Oxford/John Goodenough Landmark Award - Alan Dronsfield

Meeting and Conference Reports
Celebrating the History of Chemical Information: Monday 29 November 2010 - Bill Griffith
SHAC Anniversary Meeting - Anna Simmons

Forthcoming Meetings
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Meetings Bill Griffith
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Meetings
American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
8th International Conference on History of Chemistry (ICHC)
7th Laboratory History Conference
Renewing the Heritage of Chemistry in the 21st Century: Conversations on the Preservation, Presentation and Utilization of Sources, Sites and Artefacts
British Society for the History of Science: Annual Conference, 2011
Joint meeting with Dyes in History and Archaeology, Derby

August 2010 Newsletter

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Contents

From the Editor
Minutes of the RSC Historical Group AGM
Other RSC News

News and Updates
The 2010 Liebig-Wöhler-Freundschaft-Preis
A Lucky Escape: news of an accident at the Liebig Museum
Ambix archive now on-line
News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)
Useful websites and addresses

Short Essays
Chinese Green - Chris Cooksey
What happened in Thomsen's kiln ? - a detective story - Michael Jewess
Charles Darwin and Raphael Meldola - Tony Travis

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmark
Elsie Widdowson National Chemical Landmark - Alan Dronsfield
Sanofi-Aventis (formerly May & Baker) - Alan Dronsfield

Book Reviews
Colin A. Russell, From Atoms to Molecules: Studies in the History of Chemistry from the 19th Century (Alan Dronsfield)
Leslie S. Ettre and John V. Hinshaw (eds), Chapters in the Evolution of Chromatography (Alan Dronsfield)

Meeting and Conference Reports
The Rise and Fall of ICI. Friday 19 March, 2010

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
The Partington Prize 2011

Forthcoming Meetings
Forthcoming RSC Historical Group Meetings
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry - 75th anniversary meeting
American Chemical Society – Division of the History of Chemistry

Obituaries
Sir James W. Black (1924-2010) Viviane Quirke
Dr J.H.S. Green (1929-2010) John Nicholson

February 2010 Newsletter

For PDF copy of the Newsletter (980 KB) click here

Contents

From the Editor

Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group AGM
Database of Presentations by RSCHG members

News and Updates
The Museum of Victorian Science: a little-known Yorkshire gem Alan Dronsfield
Publication News Alan Dronsfield
Trevor H. Levere has received the 2009 Edelstein Award Jim Bohning
News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)

Short Essays
Compilation of a Register of Historic Chemical Collections Henry S Rzepa
Recollections of AID Harefield Chris Cooksey
Darwin, Chemistry and the Age of the Earth Bill Griffith
Synthetic Dyes and Drug Discovery Alan Dronsfield, Peter Ellis, and John Cassella
Crunch Times for British Chemistry David Leaback

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
Chemical Landmark Award for Joseph Black to Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities Gerry Moss
RSC Chemical Landmark Award: Professor Edward D Hughes and Bangor University Dr E Malcolm Jones
Chemical Landmark Award to the Harwell Laboratory Alan Dronsfield

Book Reviews
Keith Baker, Joseph Priestley; friends and foes - remarkable lives in an age of revolution Alan Dronsfield
Laurence Lestel (coord.), Itinéraires de chimistes: 1857-2007, 150 ans de chimie en France avec les Présidents de la SFC Viviane Quirke

Meeting and Conference Reports
Chemists and the Law. Friday 23 October 2009 Peter Reed

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
SHAC's 75th Anniversary
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Meetings Georgette Taylor, Stephen Johnston, Stephen Clucas
American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry Jan Hayes
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Meetings 2009 and 2010
Other Meetings

August 2009 Occasional Paper No 6

Frankland — the First Organometallic Chemist - Colin A. Russell
  (The Fourth Wheeler Lecture, Burlington House, 20 March, 2009)
For a PDF copy of the Occasional Paper (281 KB) click here

August 2009 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor

Increase in Annual Subscriptions for the Group
Presentations by RSCHG members Chris Cooksey
Article in RSC News, John Hudson

Other RSC News
Today in Chemistry, Anthony Hardwicke
Portraits of Robert Boyle (1626-1691) at the RSC, D. Thorburn Burns

News and Updates
Classic text by Chevreul reprinted, Alan Dronsfield
Publication Received, Alan Dronsfield
Electronic Resources in history of chemistry, Alan Dronsfield and Chris Cooksey

Short Essays
Partington & Shilling's The Specific Heats of Gases (1924). Who was Shilling ? W.H. Brock
From Courtois' iodine to Montyon prizes, Patricia Swain
Bunsen's British Students at the University of Heidelberg, 1853-1889 W.H. Brock
The ICI Safety Newsletters, Trevor Kletz
RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
Joseph Swan National Chemical Landmark, John Hudson

Book Reviews
William H. Brock, William Crookes (1832 - 1919) and the Commercialisation of Science (Alan Dronsfield)
Marelene Rayner-Canham and Geoff Rayner-Canham Chemistry Was Their Life: Pioneer British Women Chemists, 1880-1949 (Sally Horrocks)

Meeting and Conference Reports
Organometallic Chemistry, Past and Present, Bill Griffith
Pharmacy in History, Alan Dronsfield

Making the Victory Place Magenta Story Work, David H. Leaback
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, Georgette Taylor
Obituary John Edmonds 1931 - 2009 (Alan Dronsfield)

January 2009 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor

News and Updates
Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group AGM Agenda
2011 International Year of Chemistry
News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)
Useful websites and adDrsses

Short Essays
Chemistry and its relations in nineteenth-century Oxford, J.S. Rowlinson

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmark
RSC National Chemical Landmark Award, AstraZeneca (Alan Drnsfield)
RSC National Chemical Landmark Award at UCL (Bill Griffith)

Book Reviews
The Dyson Perrins Laboratory and Oxford Organic Chemistry 1916-2004. Rachel Curtis, Catherine Leith, Joshua Nall and John Jones (eds)(John Nicholson)

Meeting and Conference Reports
Conservation in Context (Bill Griffith and Alan Drnsfield)
Chemists in non-Chemical Industries (John Hudson)

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Pharmacy in History

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry

Meetings of the RSC Historical Group

Other Meetings
The 7th ICHC and the 23rd ICHST
Oxford History of Chemistry Seminars

August 2008 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
Free access to RSC Journals Archive

News and Updates
Publication Received
Sir John Rowlinson to receive the 2008 Edelstein Award
Call for Nominations for the 2009 Edelstein Award
News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)
Useful websites and addresses

Short Essays
Lost to Chemistry: Sir Stafford Cripps ,W.H. Brock
Synthetic dyes and the start of chemotherapy, Alan Dronsfield, Trevor Brown and Peter Ellis
The Early NMRDG: a personal Memoir Edward W. Randall

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmark
Humphry Davy RSC Chemical Landmark plaque, John Hudson
RSC Chemical Landmark plaque to Dr. John Snow (1813-1858)
RSC Landmark Plaque at the Jealott's Hill Research Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire Bill Griffith

Book Reviews
Collaboration in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Changing Relationships in Britain and France 1935-1985. Viviane Quirke (Peter Reed)

Meeting and Conference Reports
BSHS Conference 2007 Anna Simmons
Creating a New Rainbow: Dyes after Perkin Anna Simmons

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Alchemy Symposium
Partington Prize 2008
The Scottish Chemical Diaspora
Pharmacy in History

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry

Meetings of the RSC Historical Group

Other Meetings
European History of Science Society,
7th International Conference on the History of Chemistry

Obituary
Stephen Finney Mason (1923-2007) Peter Morris

January 2008 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
Increase in Annual Subscriptions for the Group

News and Updates
The Plowden Medal Chris Cooksey
History of Chemistry Focus within Burlington House? Nigel Lees
Some News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation
Useful Websites and Addresses

Short Essays
Samuel Sugden's Parachor Noel Coley
RSC National Historical Chemical Landmark
Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford
The story of Moseley and X-rays Alan Dronsfield

Book Review
An Element of Controversy: The Life of Chlorine in Science, Medicine, Technology and War. Eds. Hasok Chang and Catherine Jackson. (Peter Reed)
Joseph Priestley - A Celebration of His Life and Legacy, ed. James S. Birch and Joe Lee (Bill Griffith)

Meeting and Conference Reports
Joseph Priestley - more than just a chemist
Priestley's Legacy - Not Only Chemistry, Les Woodcock
The Eclipse of Newton, David Knight
Chemistry and Revolution, Colin Russell
The Spark that led to Chemistry John, Stuart Martin
The Early Medical History of Oxygen - and a Trip in a Submarine, Alan Dronsfield
The Phlogiston Theory, Revisited, Joe Lee

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Alchemy Symposium, Anna Simmons
Neighbours and Territories: the evolving identity of chemistry, Anna Simmons

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
Dreaming of your own business ?

Forthcoming Meetings
Meetings of the Royal Society of Chemistry: Historical Group
  Other Meetings
Three Societies Meeting, Keble College, Oxford, 2008
New Orleans, 2008
Philadelphia, 2008
European History of Science Society, Annual meeting, Vienna, Austria, 2008
7th International Conference on the History of Chemistry, Sopron, Hungary 2009

August 2007 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
Questionnaire; W.H. Perkin & the Future of U.K/U.S.A. Chemistry: David Leaback

Notes and Updates
The Partington Prize 2008
Some News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation
1st International Symposium on the 'Arab Contribution to the History of Chemistry'
2007 July 4th Priestley Society Annual Lecture
Useful Websites and Addresses

Short Essays and Articles
Lost to Chemistry: Who Was Crookes' Musician-Chemist? W.H. Brock
The RSC Historical Group Story Noel Coley
Mauveine - the final word? (2) Chris Cooksey
An element that never was - Metargon Alan Dronsfield and Trevor Brown
RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
John Dalton Chemical Landmark Ceremony John Hudson
RSC Landmark plaques to two chemistry Nobel Laureates unveiled at IC Bill Griffith

Book Review
The Chemical Society of Japan: A 125-Year Quest for Excellence (1878-2003), Noel Coley
David Rogers, Nobel Laureate Contributions to 20th century Chemistry, Alan Dronsfield

Meeting and Conference Reports
New Chemical Elements and their Periodicity Bill Griffith

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
ACS ChemLuminary Awards
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry

Forthcoming Meetings
Meetings of the Royal Society of Chemistry: Historical Group
RSC Historical Group, with support from the Priestley Society
Joint meeting of the RSC Historical Group and the Chilterns & Middlesex Section
Joint meeting of the RSC Historical Group and the Royal Institution
6th International Conference on History of Chemistry
Education and History and Philosophy of Chemistry
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2007
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
The 7th International Conference on the History of Chemistry, 2009
Forthcoming American meetings and HIST deadlines

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August 2007 Occasional Paper No 5

Radient Spectroscopy. The Rare Earth Crusade - W.H. Brock
  (The Third Wheeler Lecture, Burlington House, 22 March, 2007)

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August 2007 Occasional Paper No 4

Davy and the placing of potassium among the elemant - David Knight
  (The Second Wheeler Lecture, Burlington House, 22 March, 2007)

February 2007

Contents

From the Editor
RSCHG members email (Bill Griffith)

Notes and Updates
Antony S. Tavis to receive the 2007 Edelstein Award
Some News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)
Over 340 years of landmark science available for first time
Useful websites and addresses

Short Essays and Articles
Sir William H. Perkin's Life and Work at Sudbury, Middlesex - and the Future for UK/USA Chemistry. (David Leaback)
Mauveine - the final word? (Alan Dronsfield)
Lost to Chemistry: Who was it? (W.H. Brock)

Meeting and Conference Reports
History of the Food Chain: From Agriculture to Consumption and Waste
EuCheMS Working Party on the History of Chemistry
Teaching History of Chemistry
Chemical Heritage (Anna Simmons)
Chemistry and Publishing (Anna Simmons)

Book Review
R. W. A. Oliver and M. P. Carrier, The Library of John Dalton (Peter Reed)

Obituary notices and tributes
Charles Rees - a tribute (Bill Griffith)
Owen Hannaway's Doctorate (W.H. Brock)

American Chemical Society – Division of the History of Chemistry
Mission Statement
"State-of-the-Union 2007"

Forthcoming Meetings
Thames Valley Branches of the Institute of Biology and Royal Society of Chemistry, Joint Lecture.
American Association for the History of Medicine, 80th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec
Th Gunpowder and Explosives History Group, Charcoal and its Role in Gunpowder
British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference, University of Manchester, UK
6th International Conference on History of Chemistry
7th International Conference on the History of Chemistry,
American meetings and HIST deadlines

Errata

September 2006

Contents

From the Incoming Editor

Notes and Updates
The Liebig-Wöhler-Freundschaft-Preis
Edelstein Award Symposium Honouring Peter Morris
Some News from the Chemical Heritage Foundation
Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry
European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences
Groupe de la Société Française de Chimie
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Working Party on History of Chemistry

Short Essays and Articles
'N-rays: now you see them, now you don't' (Trevor Brown, Christopher Cooksey and Alan Dronsfield)
'William Brownrigg (1711-1800), the Cumberland Chemist' (John Hudson)
'The 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Mauve' (Anthony S. Travis)
'Making Chemical Histories Work' (David H. Leaback)

Meeting and Conference Reports
Innovation in Industrial Chemistry
Sulfur and its role in Gunpowder
Introduction to the preparation and role of sulfur in gunpowder (Gerry Moss)
The history of sulfur allotropes - from identification through to synthesis (Paul Kelly)
Sulphur the enigmatic ingredient of gunpowder (Brenda Buchanan)
Sulphur - an experimental approach. Recent work and future directions (Robert Smith)

Book Review
Garrigós Oltra, Lluís; Millàn Verdu, Carles; Blanes Nadal, Georgina, El color líquido. Instrumentos y útiles de la colorimetría en el siglo XIX

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
National Chemical Landmark Award, Hexagon Site, Blackley, Manchester

Obituary - Owen Hannaway

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
Message from the Division Chair
HIST Symposia, 232nd ACS Meeting in San Francisco, CA
History of the FDA in Its Hundredth Year

Forthcoming Meetings
Scientists and Social Commitment
Sir William Perkin's Life and Work Celebration
Society for the History of Technology
Chemistry and Publishing’
Ways of regulating: Therapeutic agents between plants, shops and consulting rooms
19th Century Chemistry: Spaces and Collections
Scientific research in World War II
American Association for the History of Medicine

February 2006

Contents

From the Departing Editor (Katherine D. Watson)
From the Incoming Editor (Viviane Quirke)
Notes and Updates (Katherine D. Watson)

Perspectives on 20th-century Pharmaceuticals (Viviane Quirke)
Fifth International Conference on the History of Chemistry: Chemistry, Technology and Society (Anna Simmons)
History of Forensic Chemistry (Anna Simmons)
Dyes in History and Archaeology: Joint Meeting with the Historical Group (Brian H. Davies)
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
On-line Sale of Back Issues of Ambix
Ambix and the future of the RSC Library (Alan Dronsfield and Bill Griffith)

Book Reviews
Mi Gyung Kim, Affinity, that elusive dream: a Genealogy of the Chemical Revolution (Noel Coley)
Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf, The Joy of Chemistry: The Amazing Science of Familiar Things (Noel Coley)
Brenda Buchanan et al., Gunpowder Plots: A Celebration of 400 Years of Bonfire Night (Katherine D. Watson)
The Case of the Poisonous Socks (W. H. Brock)

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
50 Years of Liquid Crystal Research, Hull (Alan Dronsfield)
Synthesis of Nucleotides, Cambridge (Bill Griffith)
Seeking Elementary Plaques (Bill Griffith)

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
Message from the Division Chair
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry

Forthcoming Meetings
Forensic Toxicology
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Atlanta, GA
Innovation in Industrial Chemistry
American Association for the History of Medicine
Sulfur and its role in Gunpowder
International Conference on the History of Alchemy and Chymistry
1st European Chemistry Congress, Budapest
History of the Food Chain
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, San Francisco, CA
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Chicago, IL
Environmental Connections: Europe and the wider World
2nd European Chemistry Congress, Turin

July 2005

Contents

From the Editor
Notes and Updates

Chemical Aspects of the History of Anaesthesia (Alan Dronsfield)
The Early Days of Anaesthesia in Great Britain (David Zuck)
Vernon Harcourt, Chemist and Inventor (Peter Drury)
The Early History of Curare (Ann Ferguson)
1831 - An Excellent Year for Chloroform (Linda Stratmann)
Bichloride of Methylene - Anaesthetic and Paint-stripper? (Alan Dronsfield)
The Early Development of Fluorinated Anaesthetics (Frank Bennetts)

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Partington Prize 2005

John Dee and Alchemy (Anna Simmons)

The Demise of London's First Science Park (David H. Leaback)

Alexander Spears' account of 'Refineing the Saltpetre' (Brenda J. Buchanan)

A Perspective on Moseley's Atomic Number (T. M. Brown, A. T. Dronsfield and J. S. Parker)

The B Club (W. H. Brock)

Joseph Black and the Discovery of Magnesium (W. P. Griffith)

COLOR: 20th-Century Business and Chemical Technology (David Genesove, John E. Golub, Declan O’Reilly and Anthony S. Travis)

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
Message from the Division Chair
Message from the Program Chair
Call for Nominations for the 2006 Edelstein Award

Forthcoming Meetings
5th International Conference on the History of Chemistry
The Object Glass of Science
The History of Forensic Chemistry
Dyes in History and Archaeology 24
Apothecaries, Art and Architecture: Interpreting Georgian Medicine
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Atlanta, GA
Innovation in Industrial Chemistry
American Association for the History of Medicine
1st European Chemistry Conference, Budapest
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, San Francisco, CA

February 2005

Contents

From the Editor
Jack Betteridge
Notes and Updates

Chemical Warfare - Past, Present and Future (Peter Reed)
Conventional, Chemical, Biological or Nuclear Warfare: Just a Matter of Scale?
A History of Chemical Warfare
Porton Down: A Role in Chemical Warfare and Chemical Defence 1916-2002
The Wartime Work of Hinshelwood and his Colleagues
Aspects of the Detection of Chemical Warfare Agents
The History of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Chemistry at University College (Anna Simmons)

Book Reviews
Ernst Homburg and Lodewijk Palm (eds), De Geschiedenis van de Scheikunde in Nederland 3. De ontwikkeling van de chemie van 1945 tot het begin van de jaren tachtig (Yves De Cock)
Soraya de Chadarevian and Nick Hopwood (eds), Models: The Third Dimension of Science (Peter Reed)
Anthony S. Travis, Dyes Made in America 1915-1980: The Calco Chemical Company, American Cyanamid and the Raritan River (Peter Reed)

Henry Moseley (1887-1915) (Gordon Woods)

Lost to Chemistry: George Du Maurier (1834-1896) (W.H. Brock)

RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
The Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford (Bill Griffith)
Discovery of Polythene, Northwich, Cheshire (Alan Dronsfield)
Sir William Ramsay and the Discovery of the Noble Gases (Katherine Watson)

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
Message from the Division Chair
Message from the Program Chair
Message from David Lewis, HIST Past Chair
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
At San Diego: "The Rise and Fall of Chlorofluorocarbons"
New website devoted to an outline of the History of Chemistry

Forthcoming Meetings
Chemical Aspects of the History of Anaesthesia
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, San Diego, CA
John Dee and Alchemy
Perspectives on 20th-Century Pharmaceuticals
XXIInd International Congress of History of Science
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Washington, DC
5th International Conference on the History of Chemistry
The History of Forensic Chemistry
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Atlanta, GA
Innovation in Industrial Chemistry

August 2004

Contents

From the Editor
Notes and Updates

Frederic Stanley Kipping FRS - Life and Legacy (Bill Griffith)
Chemistry and Medicine in the Eighteenth Century (Noel Coley and Anna Simmons)
The Wheeler Lecturer: Robert Geoffrey William Anderson (Peter Morris)
The Museum Boerhaave, Leiden (Noel Coley)
Leiden Excursions (Bill Griffith)
Saltpetre (Gerry Moss)
BOC Priestley Symposium (Alan Dronsfield)

Book Reviews
Theodore L. Sourkes, The Life and Work of J. L. W. Thudichum 1829-1901 (Noel Coley)
P. Le Couteur and J. Burreson, Napoleon's Button's - How 17 Molecules Changed History (Alan Dronsfield)
Katherine Watson, Poisoned Lives: English Poisoners and Their Victims (Jack Betteridge)
G. B. Carter, Chemical and Biological Defence at Porton Down 1916-2000 (Peter Reed)

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
The Partington Prize
Mond Gas: A Mond Sideline and a Personal Encounter (H.R. Jones)
Christian Friedrich Schönbein - discoverer of ozone ... and antozone (Margaret Hill)
A Place in the Sun (Gerry Moss)
Scientists in The Sun (Anita McConnell)
RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
  Message from the Division Chair
  Message from the Program Chair
Joseph Priestley, Universal Catalyst: A Bicentennial Celebration of His Life
Joseph Priestley Exhibit to Open
Call for Nominations for the Edelstein Award for 2005

Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Viviane Quirke)

Forthcoming Meetings
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Philadelphia, PA
Chemical Warfare - Past, Present and Future
Vitamin C
Chemistry at University College
Anaesthesia - the Chemists' Input
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, San Diego, CA
John Dee and Alchemy
XXIInd International Congress of History of Science
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Washington, DC

January 2004

Contents

From the Editor
Notes and Updates

Fast, Faster and Fastest - Nobel Laureates in Chemical Kinetics (Bill Griffith)
Food Adulteration - Past, Present and Future (Bill Griffith)

Book Reviews (Peter Morris)
  Arjan van Rooij and Ernst Homburg, Building the Plant: A History of Engineering Contracting in the Netherlands
  Arthur Greenberg, A Chemical History Tour: Picturing Chemistry from Alchemy to Modern Molecular Science
  Alan J. Rocke, Nationalizing Science: Adolphe Wurtz and the Battle for French Chemistry

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (Anna Simmons)
John Dalton Bicentenary Meeting (John Hudson)
The Partington Prize

Four Bicentennials: Rhodium, Palladium, Osmium and Iridium (Bill Griffith)
   Part II: Osmium and Iridium

Who discovered Oxygen? The Cornelius Drebbel Story (Margaret Hill and Alan Dronsfield)
National Science Week 2004 (David Leaback)
Comic Chemicals from Fun (W.H. Brock)

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
  Message from the Division Chair
  Message from the Program Chair

Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (K. D. Watson)

Forthcoming Meetings
Campbell Memorial Lecture
1904-2004: A Century of Silicone Chemistry
Orfila and His Times
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Anaheim, CA
Chemistry and Medicine in the 18th Century
Saltpetre
BOC Priestley Symposium
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Philadelphia, PA
Chemistry at University College
Vitamin C
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, San Diego, CA
XXIInd International Congress of History of Science

August 2003 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
Notes and Updates

Ancient Rome: Ancient Dyes
  These Ancient Dyes - an Overview (John Edmonds)
  Imperial Rome: Imperial Purple (Chris Cooksey)
  Analysing for these Ancient Dyes (Rob Withnall)
  Madder in Antiquity - textiles, pigments, texts ... red sheep? (Robert Chenciner)

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Justus Liebig 1803-1873: A Critical Appraisal on the 200th Anniversary of his Birth (Anna Simmons)
Liebig, 2 Landmarks and Related Aspects of 2 Momentous London Chemistries (David H Leaback)
The Partington Prize

Four Bicentennials: Rhodium, Palladium, Osmium and Iridium (Bill Griffith)
  Part I: Rhodium and Palladium
  William Hyde Wollaston FRS (1766 - 1828)
  The Discovery of Rhodium
  The Discovery of Palladium
  Appendix: Residences and memorials of Wollaston in London

Bromides: The First Treatment for 'Holy Disease' (Trevor Brown, Alan Dronsfield & Peter Ellis)
Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (K. D. Watson)
RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
The Work of Bragg and Bragg in X-ray Crystal Structure Analysis: 1 July 2003

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
  Message from the Division Chair
  Message from the Program Chair

Forthcoming Meetings
Communication in Chemistry in Europe, across Borders and across Generations
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, New York, NY
Early Metallurgy
John Dalton Bicentenary Meeting
Fast, Faster, Fastest: Nobel Laureates in Chemical Kinetics
Food Adulteration: Past, Present and Future
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Anaheim, CA
Chemistry and Medici ne in the 18th Century
Priestley Conference
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, Philadelphia, PA

February 2003 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
Notes and Updates
The Wheeler Bequest
Edgar Philip Wheeler (David F. Bailey and Katherine D. Watson)

Sir Frederick Abel (1827-1902)
  Chemical Archaeology of Explosives (GPM)
  Decontamination of Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills (Graham Vincent)
  Sir Charles Frederick (1709-1785), FRS FSA, Comptroller of the Royal Laboratory at Woolwich, 1746-1782 (Brenda J. Buchanan)
  Oswald Silberrad, superintendent of research, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, 1901-1906 (Simon Coleman)
  The Chemical Laboratories at the Royal Arsenal Woolwich (GPM)

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Chem@300: Transformation and Change
Justus Liebig 1803-1873: A Critical Appraisal on the 200th Anniversary of his Birth (Katherine D. Watson)
Liebig and a Year of Chemistry (Bill Brock)
More News from Giessen (Bill Brock)
Friedrich Christian Accum (1769-1838): Chemist of Gaslight and Food Poisoning (Noel Coley)
Whatever happened to Victorium? (Trevor Brown, Alan Dronsfield and Stuart Walker)
Mossband - last link with the greatest factory on earth - under threat (Richard Brodie)
RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
The Work of Sir Alec Jeffreys on DNA Fingerprinting: 12 September 2002 (Katherine D. Watson)

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
  Message from the Division Chair
  Message from the Program Chair

Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (K. D. Watson)

Forthcoming Meetings
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, New Orleans, LA
Ancient Rome; Ancient Dyes
Molecular Biology in the Twentieth Century
Justus Liebig-Gesellschaft, Giessen
Justus Liebig 1803-1873: A Critical Appraisal on the 200th Anniversary of his Birth
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, New York, NY
Early Metallurgy
The 200th Anniversary of Dalton’s First Announcement of his Atomic Theory

February 2003 Occasional Paper No 3

Long Delayed Dream: Frederick Abel and Smokeless Powder - Seymour H. Mauskopf
  (The First Wheeler Lecture Waltham Abbey, November 8, 2002)

August 2002 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
Notes and Updates
The Wheeler Bequest
The First Wheeler Lecture
Seymour Mauskopf
Book Review Phillip Ball, Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour (Peter Reed)

X-rays and Crystal Structures
  The British Tradition in the Structural Determination of Molecules of Biological Importance: the Steroid Connection by Viviane Quirke
  William Lawrence Bragg and the Analysis of Molecular Structure. Part 2. From Silicates to Proteins by Graeme Hunter
  X-ray Crystallography in the 1950s by Judith Milledge

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Analysis in Industry
The Partington Prize
Call for Nominations for the 2003 Edelstein award
More French Chemistry concerning Armand Séguin's Memoir on Opium (1804) (Patricia Swain)
Charles Hatchett FRS (1765-1847), Discoverer of Niobium (Bill Griffith)
Re-Weaving Rainbows (D. H. Leaback)
RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks:
  The Royal Gunpowder Mills: 17 April 2002 (Katherine D. Watson)

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
  Message from the Division Chair
  Message from the Program Chair
  Abstracts

Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Forthcoming Meetings
Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry, October 3-5 2002
Autumn Meeting of the Historical Group, 8 November 2002
"Chem @ 300: Transformation and Change", 6-7 December 2002
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, New Orleans, LA, 23-27 March 2003
Ancient Rome; Ancient Dyes, 28 March 2003
Justus Liebig-Gesellschaft, Giessen, 10-11 May 2003
ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, New York, NY, Sept. 7-11, 2003

February 2002 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
Notes and Updates

Book Review Michael Hunter, Robert Boyle (1627-1691): Scrupulosity and Science (D. Thorburn Burns)

Chemistry and Art (Bill Griffith and David Leaback)
Dr Louis Jordan (Professor of Chemistry, Royal Academy, 1958-62) (John Nicholson)

In Memoriam Wilhelm Lewicki (1935-2001) (W. H. Brock)
French Chemistry (John Hudson)
Confusing Names 5 (Peter Morris)

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
  Call for Nominations for the Edelstein Award
  Message from the Division Chair (Richard Rice)
  Message from the Program Chair (Roger A. Egolf)
  Abstracts

Chemical Heritage Foundation
  2002 Summer Fellowship Opportunities
  Glenn E. and Barbara Hodsdon Ullyot Scholarship
  Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellowship

The Partington Prize
Re-Weaving Rainbows (David Leaback)
Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Forthcoming Meetings

August 2001 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
Notes and Updates
The History of Electro-chemistry
RSC National Historical Chemical Landmarks
Johnson Matthey: 21 March 2001
The work of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin: 14 May 2001
In Memoriam William Arthur Smeaton (1925-2001)
More on the Post-war Development of Infrared Spectroscopy

American Chemical Society - Division of the History of Chemistry
Message from the Program Chair
Bolton Society Seeks Chemical Bibliophiles

Confusing Names 4
The Castner Kellner Cell: A Century of Confusion
Augustus Dalmas (1796 -1874) - A Chemist ?
Sites of Chemical Interest 5: The Early Years of Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) and his Achievements
The London of Robert Boyle
A Shadwell Story of Chemistry and Art
Forthcoming Meetings

February 2001 Newsletter

Contents

From the Departing Editor
From the Chairman
From the Incoming Editor
Satish Kappor (1928-2001)
William A. Smeaton (1925-2001)

Book Reviews

Patrick N. Wyse Jackson (ed.), Science and Engineering in Ireland in 1798: A Time of Revolution
Simon Garfield, Mauve: How One Man Invented a Colour that Changed the World.
Aus meinem Leben 4 (G. D. Twigg)
Sites of Chemical Interest 4: The Search for Joseph Black's House (Peter Morris)
The Story behind the Name 4: Kipp's apparatus (Ernst Homburg)
2001: The Centennial of Anthraquinone Vat Dyes (A. S. Travis)
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (John Hudson)

Changing the Name of the Game: The Impact on mid-to-late 20th Century Chemistry of New Techniques and Methods.

NMR - Stages in its applications to Chemistry (Sir Rex Richards)
The Post-war Development of Infrared Spectroscopy - Routine Chemical Structure Determination for All (Norman Sheppard)
The Changing Impact of Mass Spectrometry on Chemistry (Keith R. Jennings)
Tswett to Desty with Martin in between: The development of Modern Chromatography (Peter Myers)
Molecular Biology and Chemistry; the success of the Interdisciplinary Approach (Paul Debenham and Sir Brian Richards)
Chemistry: Ever Evolving, Ever Enabling (Sir John Cadogan)
Joint Meeting of the RSC Historical Group with the History of Anaesthesia Society
"Good Airs and Bad": Historical Perspectives on the Atmosphere in Relation to Health and Medicine
Forthcoming Meetings

September 2000 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor

Book Reviews

Colin A. Russell (Editor). Chemistry, Society and Environment. A New History of the British Chemical Industry. (Peter Reed)
Robert Chenciner. Madder Red: A History of Luxury and Trade. (Peter Reed)
Alec Campbell
Third RSC-ACS Chemical Landmark (Bowood House). Peter Morris
Joseph Priestley and the Oxygen of Publicity. David Knight
Aus meinem Leben 3. H. R. Jones
"Because it is there: Everest and organic synthesis." Peter Morris
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry. John Hudson
The Partington Prize
Commission for the History of Modern Chemistry. Peter Morris

The Value of the History of Chemistry in Chemical Education

History of Chemistry in Primary Schools. D. H. Leaback
History of Chemistry in Secondary School Chemistry. Stephen Cotton
The History of Chemistry and its Place in the National Curriculum for England from September 2000. Colin Osborne
The Value of the History of Chemistry in Undergraduate Chemistry Courses. John Hudson
Are Chemistry and History incompatible? W. Griffith
Green Chemistry: The Historical Perspective. Peter Reed

Cleaning up the Environment? Noel Coley
Tree Bark Pockets as Pollution Time Capsule. C.W. Mcleod
Gaia's Nose: James Lovelock and the Development of the Electron Capture Detector. Peter Morris
Is Our Air Always Going to be Deadly? Frank Price
Arsenic Eaters in Styria. J˚rg Feldman
Coal, Gas and Chemicals around the Dome. Mary Mills
From Grime to Green - The Untold Story. Mike Lancaster
Cannonballs and Broken Bones - the Evolution of Supercritical Fluid Technologies. John N Hay
Catalysis, Green Chemistry, and Sustainable Development. Chris Adams
The Hazards Forum. Terry Farthing
Forthcoming Meetings

June 2000 Occasional Paper No 2

Chemie to Chemistry at Edinburgh - R.G.W. Anderson

February 2000 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor

Book Reviews
Jerome A. Berson, Chemical Creativity: Ideas form the Work of Woodward, Hückel, Meerwein and Others. (Peter Morris)
John Edmonds, The History of Woad and the Medieval Woad Vat and The History and Practice of Eighteenth Century Dyeing . (Peter Reed)

Play Review
"Oxygen" by Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann - Peter Morris

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry John Hudson

Forthcoming Meetings

Heriot-Watt Meeting
The Elusive Magic Bullet - John Mann
Henry Dale and the contribution of chemistry to the pharmaceutical industry - E. M. Tansey
The Centenary of the Discovery of Aspirin - Walter Sneader
For the Love of Medicine and the Fear of Industry: Antibiotics in the 1950s - Robert Bud
Towards A Food Standards Bill, 1999 - Edward Abel
The Edwardian's afternoon tea: food analysis and the Government Laboratory - Peter Morris
Beer: From Death in the glass to Tannins are good for you Ray Anderson
Repairing the Body through Materials Science - John Nicholson

In Memoriam W. Alec Campbell (1917-1999)
A Short Biography - Peter Morris

W. Alec Campbell and the History of Chemistry:
A Complete Bibliography
Tribute delivered at the Service of Thanksgiving - Colin Russell
Recollections of Alec Campbell as a Colleague - Norman N. Greenwood
Alec Campbell as Chairman of the Historical Group - John Shorter
Personal Recollections of Alec Campbell as a Historian - David Knight
Grateful Recollections of Alec Campbell's Assistance - Frederick G. Page
Alec Campbell Aboard: Memories of Some Foreign Meetings -Peter Reed
Alec Campbell and the Technological Traveller - Ian D. Rae
Alec Campbell as Lecturer: An Appreciation - John Nicholson
Alec Campbell as a Churchman
A Personal Reflection by a Former Choirboy - Frederick Peacock
A Personal Appreciation of Alec Campbell as an Organist - Aidan Evans
Chemical Hats - Alec Campbell
Green Chemistry - Alec Campbell
A Teacher's Lot - Alec Campbell
Forgotten Chemists : Rudolph Erich Raspe (1737-1794) - Alec Campbell
The Story behind the Name 3: the Woulfe bottle - Peter Morris and Alec Campbell
The Early History of the Chemical Detection of Poisons - Alec Campbell

September 1999 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
From the Chairman
Dr W. A. Campbell (1917-1999) - Colin Russell
A.G.M and Annual Report for 1998 - Noel Coley
Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution. - Noel Coley

Book Reviews - W. H. Brock
The Chemical Industry in Europe, 1850-1914: Industrial Growth, Pollution, and Professionalization, edited by Ernst Homburg, Anthony S. Travis and Harn G. Schröter
Determinants in the Evolution of the European Chemical Industry, 1900-1939. New Technologies, Political Frameworks, Markets and Companies, edited by Anthony S. Travis, Harm G. Schröter, Ernst Homburg and Peter J. T. Morris

Foundations of Chemistry - Peter Morris
Letter from Belgium - Brigitte Van Tiggelen
History of Chemistry Websites 5 - John Park
BakerÕs Dozens - William H. Brock
Forgotten chemists: George Buckton (1818-1905) - John Nicholson
The Story behind the Name 2: the Liebig Condender - Peter Morris
Confusing Names 3 - Peter Morris
A Hairy Question - A.K.A. Muridae
Sites of Chemical Interest 2: A Site in Paris - P. A. Swain
Sites of Chemical Interest 3: A breath of fresh air - Kate Fielden
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry - John Hudson
The Partington Prize - John Hudson
Report of the Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry for 1998 - Christoph Meinel
CHMC Conference, Munich, May 1999 - Carsten Reinhardt
Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine - K. D. Watson
Philosophy of Chemistry - Eric Scerri
Fellowships and Scholarships from the Chemical Heritage Foundation

"Chemistry since 1945" Meeting - Peter Morris

Organometallic Chemistry since 1945 Edward Abel
Organic chemistry since 1945 C. W. Rees
Inorganic Chemistry in the post 1946 period J Lewis

February 1999 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor
From the Chairman
The Historical Group and the New RSC Annual Conferences. Noel Coley
James Ernest Page (1915-1998) J. H. S. Green
Looking Forward into the Past Peter Hoey

Book Reviews

Indigo in the Arab World by Jenny Balfour-Paul;
Indigo by Jenny Balfour-Paul. Peter Reed
Eilhard Mitscherlich: Prince of Prussian Chemistry by Hans-Werner Schütt;
Inventing Polymer Science: Staudinger, Carothers and the Emergence of Macromolecular Science by Yasu Furukawa;
Enough for One Lifetime: Wallace Carothers, Inventor of Nylon by Matthew E. Hermes. Peter Morris

Letter from Japan, Yasu Furukawa
Letter from Canada, Hugh J. Anderson
History of Chemistry Websites 4, Lawson Cockcroft
Aus meinem Leben 2, John Shorter
Useful Books, Colin Johnson
Forgotten Chemists 2 (A. R. Ling), Ray Anderson
Forgotten Chemists 3 (F. J. Otto),William H. Brock
The Story behind the Name 1 (R. W. Bunsen), Alan Dronsfield and Peter Morris
Confusing Names 2 (Fischer), Peter Morris
Sites of Chemical Interest 1, David Leaback
A question of volume, Peter Morris
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, John Hudson
Commission for the History of Modern Chemistry, Carsten Reinhardt
Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, K. D. Watson
Foundations of Chemistry, Eric Scerri

"Chemistry at the Elephant" Meeting, D. H. Leaback

The Periodic Table - then and now, William Griffith
A History of Chemistry in Printing, Robert Thompson

Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships from the Chemical Heritage Foundation
Forthcoming Meetings
Notes for Contributors

July 1998 Newsletter

Contents

From the Editor

From the Chairman

Victorian Chemists and the Environment, Anthony S. Travis

Frankland's Hessian Connection, Alan Rocke

Book Reviews

William H. Brock, Justus von Liebig: the Chemical Gatekeeper.
Colin A. Russell, Edward Frankland: Chemistry, Controversy and Conspiracy in Victorian England. Peter Morris
Ernst F. Schwenk, Sternstudender fruehen Chemie von Johann Rudolph Glauber bis Justus von Liebig.Peter Morris
Guide of European Museums with collections on History of Chemistry and of Pharmacy, 3rd edn., compiled by Jan W. van Spronsen, Noel Coley
Alex Anderson and Brian G. Gowenlock, Chemistry in Heriot-Watt, 1821-1991. Peter Morris
Free book! Peter Morris

Letter from The Netherlands, Ernst Homburg

History of Chemistry Journals/Newsletters 3, Peter Morris

History of Chemistry Websites 3, Peter Morris

Aus meinem Leben 1: Peter Morris

The Zeroth Ionic Polymerisation Symposium, P.H. Plesch

Useful Books 1, Peter Morris

Forgotten Chemists 1, Peter Morris

Confusing Names 1, Peter Morris

Rhenium or Nipponium? Peter Morris

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, John Hudson

Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry, Peter Morris

Paul Bunge Prize

Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, K.D. Watson

Foundations of Chemistry

Forensic Chemisty

Forensic Chemistry in Nineteenth-century Britain, Noel Coley
Thomas Scattergood's Case Books: Forensic Practice in Yorkshire, 1856-97, K.D. Watson
From Euphoria to Dysfunction - A History of Volatile Substance Abuse, R.J. Flanagan

Awards and News

Forthcoming meetings

January 1998 Newsletter

From the Chairman

From the Secretary

From the Editor

20th International Congress for the History of Science, D Leaback

History of Chemistry Journals/Newsletters 2, P Morris

History of Chemistry Websites 2, P Morris

Answer to Mr Rout's Question, P Morris

Book Reviews

Drug Prototypes and Their Exploitation by Walter Sneader (P Morris)
Creations of Fire Chemistry's Lively History from Alchemy to the Atomic Age by Cathy Cobb and Harold Goldwhite (P Morris)
Recent Books in the History of Chemistry, W H Brock

Instrument - Experiment (80th Annual Conference of the German Society for History of Medicine, Science, and Technology) C Reinhardt

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, J Hudson

The Electron in Chemistry Meeting, J Green

The Use of the Electron in Explanations of the Periodic System, E Scerri
Science or Stamp-Collecting? Physics, Chemistry and the "Unifying Electron", J Hughes
The Electron, Chemistry and Supervenience on the Physical, R F Hendry
The Application of the Quantum Theory of the Electron to Valence is not a Deductive Exercise, A E Rout
J J Thomson and the Structure of the Atom, I Falconer

The Evolution of Chemistry in Europe, 1789-1939, C Meinel

Origins of the Project and Initial Aims
Organisation
Section I: Communication in Chemistry
Section II: The Making of the Chemist
Section III: Laboratories and the Teaching of Chemistry
Section IV: Strategies of Chemical Industrialisation
Achievements
Deficiencies
Appendix 1: Meetings
Appendix 2: Publications
Appendix 3: Programme Steering Committee

Forthcoming Meetings

Forensic Chemistry in Britain since the mid-nineteenth century
Chemistry at the Elephant
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry


July 1997 Newsletter

From the Chairman

From the Secretary

From the Editor

Report of the Hinshelwood Meeting

Hinshelwood the man
Hinshelwood's Work on Gaseous Reactions
Hinshelwood's Contributions to Solution Kinetics
Hinshelwood's Work on Bacterial Kinetics
Vignettes of Hinshelwood

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

ESF Workshop on Determinants in the Evolution of the European Chemical Industry (1900-1939), Strasbourg

ESF Workshop on Chemistry Laboratories, Instruments, New Technologies & Education (1789-1939), Lisbon

Forum for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Philosophy of Chemistry

New Journal

CHEM-HIST mail list

ACS National Historic Chemical Landmarks Program

History of Chemistry Journals/Newsletters

Memories of Charles Bunn FRS - X-ray crystallographer

Letter from America

Letter from Israel

History of Chemistry Websites

Letters to the Editor

Request for Articles

Books

Meetings on The Centenary of the Electron

Forthcoming Meetings


July 1997 Occasional Paper No 1

An Interview with Prof. Harry Julius Emeléus (1903-1993)

January 1997 Newsletter

From the Chairman

Update on Developments in Philosophy of Chemistry, E Scerri

European Museums Guide

Forum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Joint meeting with Royal Meteorological Society

Books

Leonello Paoloni, Appunti Sull' Industria Chimica Dai Viaggi in Inghilterra del 1851 e del 1862 by RAFFAELE PIRIA (N Coley)
Miscellanea

Alfred Nobel: Centenary Meeting - Summary of Papers

The life of Alfred Nobel, J Hudson
Dynamite and Peace, J E Dolan
Filling the Ramsay-Wilkinson sandwich. Does the Nobel Prize System reflect the development of British Chemistry 1904-1973 ? W H Brock
Sir William Ramsay: the first British recipient of the Chemistry Prize, K D Watson
Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, FRS, Nobel Laureate, 1921-1996, W Griffith

Trevor Williams (1921-1996)

Ozone: A more recent view, B V Mather

Forthcoming Meetings

AGM and symposium on Hinshelwood
Royal Society lunch time lectures
8th BOC Priestley Conference - History of Anaesthesia
SHAC meeting on Ancient Chemical Technologies
International Paper Symposium on the Philosophy of Chemistry and Biochemistry
XXth Internatonal Congress on the History of Science, Liége
British Society for the History of Science

Historical Group on the Internet


July 1996 Newsletter

From the Chairman

From the Secretary

Annual Report for 1994/5

21st Anniversary Meeting, 29 March 1996

Summaries of Papers:

Physical organic chemistry did not begin with Ingold
Regional Chemistry
Chemical Industry and the Environment

SHAC Meeting May 18 1996

BOOK REVIEWS

The Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Fragments of Chemical History
Miscellanea
History of Chemistry Books in the RSC Library

Blue Plaques and other commemorative plaques

Historical Group on the Internet

Corrigenda

Forthcoming Meetings:

Nobel Meeting 21 November, 1996: Programme
SHAC 30 November, 1996 Meeting
International Congress of the History of Science
European Science Foundation: Workshop on Chemistry Laboratories
1997 AGM of the Historical Group


February 1996 Newsletter

From the Chairman
From the Secretary

Imperial Chemistry, Prof W. Griffiths

Hofmann Plaque, D. Leaback

Blue Plaques, G.P. Moss

Summaries from the Historical Group Winter Meeting (3 November)

Chemistry at King's College London in the 19th century, D.I. Davies
Alternatives to the Royal College of Chemistry, D. Leaback
Some Chemists at London Medical Schools 1850-1900, J.H.S. Green

SHAC Meeting December 2, J. Hudson

History of Science, Technology and Medicine Forum, N. Coley

Philosophy of Chemistry, E. Scerri and L McIntyre

Why is there (almost) no philosophy of Chemistry ?
The Renaissance of Philosophy of Chemistry

Books

Alfred Bader, Adventures of a chemist collector (N. Coley)
A.R.Bandy, Ed., The Chemistry of the Atmosphere; Oxidants and Oxidation in the Earth's Atmosphere (N. Coley)
G.B.Kauffman (ed): Coordination Chemistry, A century of Progress (J.H.S. Green)
Cheves Walling: Fifty Years of Free Radicals (J. Shorter)
Arthur J. Birch: To see the Obvious: (J. Shorter)
Bruce Merrifield: Life During a Golden Age of Peptide Chemistry (J.Shorter)

Future Meetings: FrankenFEST January 18-19, 1996

RICHST Research Seminars Jan - Mar 1996
A.G.M March 1996
SHAC Meeting May 18 1996
Nobel Meeting November 21 1996
Explosives: December 9-11 1996


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