History of Chemistry

Who we are - what we do

The modern knowledge society confronts us with the task of understanding science and technology as part of our contemporary culture. This of course includes a historical record. This is where the task and challenge for the history of chemistry as part of the history of science and technology lie. The history of chemistry thus contributes to the understanding between the scientific and technical intelligence on the one hand and the humanities and social science intelligence on the other hand. Their alienation has been lamented often enough since CP Snow coined the catchphrase "two cultures" in 1959. The promotion of the dialogue between the cultures of the modern, differentiated society is therefore one of the most urgent tasks of our time.

tasks and goals

The History of Chemistry division is an association of people interested in the History of Chemistry and part of the GDCh organization. The division sees as its main tasks:

     

  • to awaken an understanding of the historical view of chemistry
  • to stimulate and promote chemical historical investigations
  • to promote the study of the History of Chemistry at universities
  • To give suggestions and support for the use of historical topics in school lessons
  • to inform about the History of Chemistry
  • to promote contacts and the exchange of experiences among the members as well as with foreign colleagues
  • To support efforts to archive legacies relevant to the history of chemistry.

Description of the specialist group logo

The five-ball apparatus developed by Justus Liebig in 1830 simplified chemical elemental analysis and enabled research-based laboratory lessons. The instrument, also known as the potash apparatus, soon became the international symbol of the self-image of the chemical profession. For those interested in the mode of operation and performance of the five-ball apparatus, please refer to: Melvyn Usselman, Alan Rocke, Christina Reinhart, Kelly Foulser, "Restaging Liebig. A Study in the Replication of Experiments", Annals of Science 62 (2005), 1-55 .

Board

The board consists of the chairman, his deputy and at least one, but not more than five, assessors. more

Awards and honors

As part of the lecture conference, the Bettina Haupt-Förderpreis for the History of Chemistry is awarded every two years.

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Publications

The division :

     

  • the messages
  • the chemical history calendar
  • the lectures of the events "Contemporary Witness Reports" (discontinued )

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Industrial circle

This working group has set itself the goal of giving the history of the chemical industry and technology a higher priority (discontinued).

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Strong professorships for the history of science

Explanation of the historical specialist groups of the scientific societies in Germany
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Lecture Conference History of Chemistry 2021

25.03. - 26.03.21, Karlsruhe - postponed to 24.03. - 25.03.2022, Karlsruhe

Contact

GDCh headquarters
Dipl.-Biol. Nicole Bürger
Tel .: +49 69 7917-231
Email: n.buerger@gdch.de

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last modified: 10.05.2021 11:52 H from M.Fries