Chemical Heritage in the U.S. in Chemistry in Australia

October 1, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA

by Neil Gussman

This year, 2012, the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) celebrated 30 years of telling the story of chemistry: what founding president Arnold Thackray describes as “the great cumulative story of mankind.”

In the late 1970s the first stirrings that eventually led to CHF began with the coincident anniversaries of the United States (bicentennial 1976) and of the Washington-based American Chemical Society (ACS) (centennial 1976). An extra impetus, said a smiling Arnold Thackray, chancellor and founder of what became CHF, was chemists’ “envy of the physicists and their Center for the History of Physics.”

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