International Year of Chemistry Opens in Paris

Yesterday, hundreds of people stood in a line stretching half a city block in front of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. These invited guests from many nations braved the cold (just below freezing) to hear a series of talks that marked the opening of the International Year of Chemistry.

Tom Tritton, the President and CEO of CHF, was the third speaker of the day. His task was to explain the entire history of chemistry from the 17th century to present day. He did this by listing the top ten “rock stars” of chemistry. Take a look at the list he posted on Periodic Tabloid yesterday.

Just before Tom spoke, Zhigang Shuai, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Tsinghua University, Beijing, spoke about the history of chemistry in China from the beginning of Chinese history to the 17th century. 

More than 400 people attended the opening ceremony. It will conclude with a concert about chemistry at 6 p.m. today. 

Of course, the real fun begins on Monday when Philadelphia plays host to the launch of IYC 2011 in the United States. Check the CHF events calendar for all of the events going on next week.


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