Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
New and Old Themes in the History of Chemistry
A meeting to honour Bill Brock and mark eighty years of Ambix
Saturday 20 May 2017
Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS
(Underground: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus)
10.30 Carolyn Cobbold (University of Cambridge): Yeast, a Problem. The Rise of Chemical Bread Technologies in the 19th century
11.00 Rupert Cole (UCL / RI): ‘Chemist has the answer’ (The Guardian): George Porter, a cheerleader for chemistry in post-war Britain
12.00 Aileen Fyfe (University of St Andrews): The development of non-commercial science journals, in Victorian Britain and beyond
12.30 Sally Horrocks (University of Leicester / BL): ‘I wish I could say I had a little chemistry set at home’: What does oral history really tell us about scientists’ childhoods?
2.00 David Knight (University of Durham): Losers and Winners
2.30 Hattie Lloyd (UCL / RI): Fashion and Chemistry – the Incongruous Union
3.00 John Brooke (University of Oxford): Chemistry and Secularity: From the Most to the Least Spiritual of the Sciences
4.00 Bill Brock (University of Leicester): Distilling History through the Ambix
The fee is £15 (SHAC and Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group members), otherwise £20.
On behalf of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry by Dr Anna Simmons, Joint Honorary Secretary