Environmental Chemistry

Humans have done a lot to challenge their natural environment and resources. By the end of the 19th century, chemists and other scientists recognized this destructive trajectory in the United States, which had only recently been regarded as a pristine New World. These scientists and their successors have fought hard to do something about this looming disaster.

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The Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields, with over 425 oral histories that deal with various aspects of science, of scientists, and of scientific practices. For more information please visit CHF’s Oral History Program or e-mail oralhistory@

Stories from the Field

Listen to career insights and stories of scientific adventures from women in chemistry.

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Historically Grounded Perspectives

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy explores issues ranging from energy to medicine on CHF's blog, Periodic Tabloid.