William Brock

William Brock

William Brock

Herbert D. Doan Fellow

William Brock, who is professor emeritus of history of science at the University of Leicester, U.K., has been a regular visitor at CHF since 1990–1991, when he was the Edelstein International Fellow. It was then that he completed the bulky Norton History of Chemistry (U.S. edition, 2003). On this current short visit to Philadelphia in 2014, he plans to complete A Very Short Introduction to the History of Chemistry for the well-known Oxford University Press series of introductions to every subject under the sun. He has managed to produce two books since retiring from Leicester in 1998: a biography of William Crookes (2008) and a book of semipopular essays on chemistry, The Case of the Poisonous Socks (2011). From 2015 onward he will be joining the international editorial team that is editing the correspondence of the physicist John Tyndall and also producing a much-needed edition of Tyndall’s journals.

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2014: Brown Bag Lecture: “The History of Chemistry in 30 Minutes Flat”

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