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

Introduction / Overview
Professor Eleanor Campbell FRS CorrFRSE FRSC FInstP
Head of the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

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

Leyden Chemistry in Edinburgh: Herman Boerhaave, James Crawford and Andrew Plummer
Professor John C Powers
Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University

From Plummer to Cullen: Novelty in Cullen’s Chemical Pedagogy
Dr Georgette Taylor
Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London

Professors and Students in the Age of the Chemical Revolution
Prof John R.R. Christie
Faculty of History, University of Oxford, Associate Fellow Centre for History of Medicine University of Warwick, Research Affiliate HPS Leeds.

How to see a Diagram: Joseph Black and the Visual Anthropology of Chemistry
Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy
Department of Philosophy and Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society, Durham University

The Life and Death of Black’s House
Dr Peter Morris
Principal Curator of Science, London’s Science Museum

Thomas Charles Hope and the Legacy of Joseph Black
Dr Robert G W Anderson FRSE
Vice-President of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

Title of Talk TBC (short contribution)
Dr Alison Morrison-Low
Principal Curator Science, National Museum of Scotland

“A Golden Cage, but will the Birds Sing?”
Dr Andrew Alexander
Senior Lecturer in Chemical Physics, University of Edinburgh

Panel Discussion and Afterword
Chair: Professor Hasok Chang
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Registration: £12, Student/unwaged: £6 (those who have registered for conference receive a discounted rate of £10, please provide conference booking ref number at time of booking).

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