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Paul Ferguson

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 Posted: Tue Jul 12th, 2016 04:43 pm
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Reminder: SHAC Autumn Meeting, Saturday 12 November 2016: Call for Papers

Brighten up an autumn day by presenting your work at the RI!

The autumn SHAC meeting for 2016 is being arranged for Saturday 12 November at the Royal Institution, London. The meeting will not address any particular theme but will consist of a succession of papers on topics appropriate to the Society’s interests. The Society’s AGM will also be held at the meeting.

Those wishing to present papers should please contact the organiser of the meeting, Dr Robert Anderson (e-mail: by 31 July 2016 at the latest. A brief summary of what you want to cover will suffice at this stage. Presenters will then be informed of the time they have. If the last meeting of this type (in spring 2015 in Cambridge) is any guide, it is possible that there will be 10 presentations each of 20-25 minutes’ duration (including questions); but the final programme will of course depend on the submissions received.

Alexander Guthrie Stewart

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 Posted: Sat Oct 15th, 2016 01:28 am
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I shall be attending.

Paul Ferguson

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 Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2016 06:12 pm
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Programme here:

This is the final reminder that the SHAC Autumn meeting Air, Alchemy, Elements and Electrons will take place at the Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London on Saturday 12 November 2016 with registration from 9.30 am for a 10 am start. The deadline for registering to attend the meeting and lunch is Monday 7 November 2016.
The Society’s AGM will be held during this meeting. Those participating in the AGM but not the meeting or lunch need not pay the meeting fee.
The meeting will include a range of papers on topics appropriate to the Society’s interests and also the presentation of the Oxford Part II Chemistry Prize to Andrew Brocklehurst. The full programme is given below.

9.30: Registration and Coffee

10.00: John Christie (Oxford): ‘Joseph Priestley and the Politics of Nitrous Air Eudiometry’
10.30: Tobias Schoenwitz (Cambridge): ‘Science or Art? Pharmacy in 19thC England and Austria’
11.00: Steven Turner (Washington DC): ‘Spectacle and Vision in 19thC English Chemistry’
11.30: William Brock: ‘The Fortunes of Robert Hunter, a Younger Rival of Christopher Ingold’
12.00: Simon Werrett (UCL): ‘Astonishing Transformations’
12.30: AGM and Presentation of Oxford Part II Chemistry Prize

13.00: Lunch – a sandwich lunch will be provided

13.45: Edwin Rose (Cambridge): Late 18thC Reception of Joseph Black’s Discovery of Fixed Air’
14.10: Steven Irish (Cambridge): ‘Calamines and Crystallography: Chemical Combination in the Work of James Smithson’
14.35: Karoliina Pulkkinen (Cambridge): ‘What Classification of Chemical Elements Can Teach Us on Epistemic Values’
15.00: Alexandra Marraccini (Oxford): ‘Elephant-Hawk Moths in the Tender Garden. Scientific Knowledge and Effect in a Late 16thC Alchemical Formula Book’
15.25: Michael Jewess: ‘History of Science Sites: Beware the Great London Street Re-naming’

15.50: Tea

16.20: Edward Werner Cook (New York): ‘August Wilhelm Hofmann in London’
16.45: Will Scott (Cambridge): ‘The Electron in Early 20thC Organic Chemistry’
17.10: Concluding Remarks – meeting ends at 17.30

The meeting (including refreshments and lunch) costs £15 for SHAC and Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Members; £20 for non-members.

Full details on how to register are available on our website

Alternatively a flyer can be downloaded from

Sent on behalf of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry by Dr Anna Simmons, Acting Honorary Secretary

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