Cradle of Chemistry:
The First Hundred Years of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh
Thursday, 24th October 2013
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)
22–26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

08.45 Registration with tea / coffee 
09.15 RSE Welcome 
Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA PRSE
President, Royal Society of Edinburgh
09.25 Introduction / Overview 
Chair: Professor Eleanor Campbell FRS CorrFRSE FRSC FInstP
Chair of Chemistry and Head of the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh 
09.30 Science in the Athens of the North: The Development of the Sciences in 
Enlightenment Edinburgh 
Professor John Henry
Director Science Studies, School of Social and Political Science, 
University of Edinburgh
10.10 Q&A 
10.15 Leyden Chemistry in Edinburgh: Herman Boerhaave, James Crawford and 
Andrew Plummer 
Dr John C Powers
Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University
10.55 Q&A 
11.00 Tea / coffee 
11.25 Chair: Professor Lesley Yellowlees FRSC FInstP FRSE
Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry, Vice-Principal and Head of College 
of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh
11.30 From Plummer to Cullen: Novelty in Cullen’s Chemical Pedagogy 
Dr Georgette Taylor
Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London
12.10 Q&A
12.15 Professors and Students in the Age of the Chemical Revolution 
John R.R. Christie
Faculty of History, University of Oxford; Associate Fellow, Centre for History of 
Medicine, University of Warwick; Research Affiliate, HPS Leeds
12.55 Q&A
13.00 Lunch 

13.55 Overview of Afternoon 
Chair: Professor Ewan Cameron FRHistS FSAScot
Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography, 
University of Edinburgh
14.00 How to see a Diagram:Joseph Black and the Visual Anthropology of 
Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy
Department of Philosophy and Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society, 
Durham University
14.40 Q&A
14.45 The Life and Death of Black’s House (short contribution) 
Dr Peter Morris
Principal Curator of Science, London’s Science Museum
15.00 Thomas Charles Hope and the Legacy of Joseph Black 
Dr Robert G W Anderson FRSE
Vice-President of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
15.40 Q&A
15.45 Tea / coffee
16.05 Materia Chemica: Excavation of the Early Chemistry Stores at Old College, 
University of Edinburgh 
Mr Tom Addyman
Simpson & Brown/Addyman Archaeology
16.45 Q&A
16.50 Surviving 18th-century chemical apparatus in the National Museums of 
Scotland (short contribution) 
Dr Alison Morrison-Low
Principal Curator Science, NMS
17.05 “A Golden Cage, but will the Birds Sing?”: Alexander Crum Brown, William Gregory and Lyon Playfair (short contribution) 
Dr Andrew Alexander
Senior Lecturer in Chemical Physics, University of Edinburgh 
17.20 Panel Discussion and Afterword 
Chair: Professor Hasok Chang
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
18.00 Close of meeting