The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Autumn meeting, Air, Alchemy, Elements and Electrons, will take place at the Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London on Saturday 12 November 2016 with registration from 9.30 am for a 10 am start.
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 the 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’
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 www.ambix.org
Alternatively a flyer can be downloaded from
Sent on behalf of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry by Dr Anna Simmons, Acting Honorary Secretary