Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

Academics, Consultants, Industrialists and Government Chemists:

The History of Chemists’ Careers in England from 1880 to the 1970s

Thursday 24 November 2011

St Hugh’s College, Oxford

The meeting, which will be held in the Maplethorpe Seminar Room, will start at 1.40 pm, and will be preceded by the Society’s AGM at 1.15 pm.
A buffet lunch will be available, at additional cost, from 12.30 pm.


12.30 Lunch
13.15 AGM
13.40 Welcome/Meeting Opens
13.45 Robin Mackie, Gerrylynn Roberts and Anna Simmons, Open University and UCL
The Changing Nature of Chemical Careers
14.15 Bill Brock, University of Leicester
Contingent Careers: Armstrong, Crookes and Nicol
14.55 Tea
15.25 Sally Horrocks, University of Leicester
Chemistry as a Career for Girls from World War II to the Sex Discrimination Act
16.05 Viviane Quirke, Oxford Brookes University
From Chemistry, to Pharmacology, to Biotechnology: Alfred Spinks’s trajectory from wartime chemist to government advisor
16.45 General Discussion: How did chemists’ careers change over a century?
17.00 End of Meeting

Meeting Fee: £10 for SHAC members, £15 for non-members. Lunch is available at an additional cost of £10.50.
For further information on the meeting please contact Dr Anna Marie Roos at [email protected]. A registration form and online payment via PayPal are available on SHAC’s website: