Public and Environmental Health

Scientific progress and industrial growth have made many contributions to humanity’s quality of life, including, for example, the invention of processes to extract aluminum from the earth and gases from the air, as well as the creation of new substances that make possible modern electronic communications and life-saving pharmaceuticals. Industrialization and urbanization, however, have created problems that demand solutions, and scientists both past and present have alerted the public to these dangers and proposed appropriate solutions.

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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.