Center for Contemporary History and Policy

 

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy identifies key issues at the intersections of science, technology, and medicine that can benefit from careful research, analysis, and new perspectives. We develop projects that mobilize history using archives, interviews, case studies, and oral histories in order to bring original perspectives on contemporary science and technology-based societal challenges. Our work and findings are packaged in multiple forms to meet the needs of diverse constituencies, including individuals in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, as well as current and future researchers. We expect to be a crucial partner for the exchange of ideas that are relevant to today’s issues as we fulfill CHF’s outreach mission.

Need Meeting Space?

CHF’s state-of-the-art conference center is in Philadelphia’s beautiful historic district.

 

Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.

Fellowships at CHF


CHF’s scholars, who spend anywhere from one to nine months in residence, form a vital part of CHF’s intellectual life.

Hear It Firsthand

CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including

  • Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
  • Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
  • Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)

Listen to their extraordinary stories today!