Bonjour from beautiful Paris! A group of four CHF staff are in the City of Light this week for the Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry's symposium, "Renewing the Heritage of Chemistry in the 21st Century." We have spent the last three days at several sites of scientific importance, presenting papers, discussing with international colleagues the states of our respective museums and archives, and deciding how we can share information about our collections and collaborate on projects.
CHF's Patrick Shea and Jenn Landry in front of Les Archives Nationales. Modern archival practice can trace its history back to France and the French Revolution.
Paris is rich in the history of science—it is, after all, where you can walk in the footsteps of Antoine Lavoisier, which we had the pleasure of doing Tuesday evening at the Académie des sciences.
Rosie Cook and Patrick on Pont des Arts, the first metal bridge in Paris. Unclear what the padlocks represent.
The following two days found us at the École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles (ESPCI), where Marie and Pierre Curie conducted much of their research on radioactivity, and the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, one of CHF’s longtime affiliates.
The Assemblee Nationale, where the Maison de la Chimie is located. All photos courtesy Jenn Landry.
It has been a whirlwind trip filled with enriching experiences and inspiring conversations. We look forward to continuing the discussion on the preservation of modern chemical history and will long remember the wonderful time we have had.
Jenn Landry is Directeur Associé des Collections Spéciales at CHF.
IYC2011 Opens in Paris [Periodic Tabloid]
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier [CHF]
Marie Sklodowska Curie [CHF]