Wednesday, November 02, 2016

SHAC Autumn meeting - Air, Alchemy, Elements and Electrons

Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, Saturday 12 November 2016, registration from 9.30am. The deadline for registering for the meeting and lunch is Monday 7 November 2016.

The meeting will include a range of papers on topics appropriate to the Society’s interests, with the full programme given below.

9.30: Registration and Coffee

10.00: John Christie (Oxford): ‘Joseph Priestley and the Politics of Nitrous Air Eudiometry’
10.30: Tobias Schoenwitz (Cambridge): ‘Science or Art? Pharmacy in 19thC England and Austria’
11.00: Steven Turner (Washington DC): ‘Spectacle and Vision in 19thC English Chemistry’
11.30: William Brock: ‘The Fortunes of Robert Hunter, a Younger Rival of Christopher Ingold’
12.00: Simon Werrett (UCL): ‘Astonishing Transformations’

12.30: AGM and Presentation of Oxford Part II Chemistry Prize
13.00: Lunch – a sandwich lunch will be provided

13.45: Edwin Rose (Cambridge): Late 18thC Reception of Joseph Black’s Discovery of Fixed Air’
14.10: Steven Irish (Cambridge): ‘Calamines and Crystallography: Chemical Combination in the Work of James Smithson’
14.35: Karoliina Pulkkinen (Cambridge): ‘What Classification of Chemical Elements Can Teach Us on Epistemic Values’
15.00: Alexandra Marraccini (Oxford): ‘Elephant-Hawk Moths in the Tender Garden. Scientific Knowledge and Effect in a Late 16thC Alchemical Formula Book’
15.25: Michael Jewess: ‘History of Science Sites: Beware the Great London Street Re-naming’

15.50: Tea

16.20: Edward Werner Cook (New York): ‘August Wilhelm Hofmann in London’
16.45: Will Scott (Cambridge): ‘The Electron in Early 20thC Organic Chemistry’

17.10: Concluding Remarks – meeting ends at 17.30

The meeting (including refreshments and lunch) costs £15 for SHAC and Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Members; £20 for non-members. Full details on how to register are available on our website Alternatively a flyer can be downloaded from

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