history of chemistry

Who we are - What we do

The modern knowledge society presents us with the task of understanding scientificization and technology as part of our contemporary culture. Of course, this includes historical recording. This is the task and challenge for the history of chemistry as part of the history of science and technology. The history of chemistry thus contributes to understanding between the scientific and technical intelligence on the one hand and the humanities and social science intelligence on the other. Their alienation has been lamented often enough since CP Snow coined the phrase “two cultures” in 1959. Promoting dialogue between the cultures of modern, differentiated society is therefore one of the most urgent tasks of our time.

Shortlink to this page: www.gdch.de/geschichte

tasks and goals

The Division of History of Chemistry 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 and with foreign colleagues
  • To support efforts to archive legacies relevant to the history of chemistry.

Lecture conference of the FG history of chemistry - Impressions

Thursday, 22.03. - Friday, 23.03.2024
Hermann Hoffmann Academy and Armory of the University of Gießen

Description of the Divisions logo

The five-sphere apparatus developed by Justus Liebig in 1830 simplified chemical elemental analysis and enabled research-based laboratory teaching. The instrument, also known as the potassium apparatus, soon became an international symbol of the chemical profession's self-image. Anyone interested in the workings and performance of the five-sphere apparatus should 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 .


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

Prizes and honors

Bettina Haupt-Förderpreis for the history of chemistry


Paul Bunge Prize from the Hans R. Jenemann Foundation




  • Announcements from the Division of History of Chemistry
  • Newsletter of the Division of History of Chemistry
  • Milestone in chemistry
  • From school year to school year - highlights of chemistry history
  • Contemporary witness reports


Completed Projects


  • Industrial Circle


  • Events


Lecture conference history of chemistry 2024

03/21 - March 22nd, Gießen


Fr, 22.03.2024, 08.15 Uhr, Gießen

Book series "Life's Achievements in Chemistry"


JCF podcast "Rethinking Chemistry - How did research used to be done?"

in cooperation with the Division of History of Chemistry

Historical sites of chemistry

GDCh program for the recognition of achievements in chemistry of historical importance since 1999

Strong professorships for the history of science

Explanation of the historical Divisions of the natural scientific societies in Germany


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

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