CHMC Advisory Board

Note on recent changes:  Due to retirements and changes in professional activity, several members of the previous CHMC Executive Council and the CHMC Advisory Board have asked to be relieved of their duties.  These changes have taken effect in 2011; since its meeting in Paris in June 2011, the Advisory Board has a new committee structure.  Officers of the Executive Council, as noted above, are simultaneously chairs of the Advisory Board committees designated by their titles (descriptions of committee activities are noted below).  The president is ex offcio member of all committees and chair of the Website Committee. Terms of all officers, including the president, will expire at the end of the year in which the International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine meets; appointments may be renewed.  Current board members who are not committee chairs and who wish to remain active members of the Advisory Board are encouraged to join one of the existing committees, in order to better contribute to the work of CHMC.  Committee chairs also have the right to recruit additional committee members, in consultation with the president.  At each International Congress, and at other conferences as may be appropriate, the president will convene all members of the Executive Council and of the currently existing committees of CHMC to meet as the Advisory Board.  At the Congress meeting, the Board will nominate and elect a new president, who will then, in consultation with the Board, appoint the officers of the Executive Council, all of course subject to approval by the IUHPS/DHST Council.

Committees of the Advisory Board for 2011-2013:

Committee on disciplinary and professional history (chair:  Prof. Bensaude-Vincent)

        Task:  to keep the CHMC informed on recent developments in the areas of responsibility as related to modern chemistry (since c. 1900), especially in regard to upcoming conferences and symposia in which CHMC may be an appropriate participant or co-sponsor

Committee on history of instrumentation, laboratories, and industrial relations (chair: Prof. Carsten Reinhardt)

        Task:  to keep the CHMC informed on recent developments in the areas of responsibility as related to modern chemistry (since c. 1900) , especially in regard to upcoming conferences and symposia in which CHMC may be an appropriate participant or co-sponsor

Committee on development and outreach (chair: Prof. Furukawa)

        Task:  to promote closer relations between CHMC and historians of chemistry in geographical areas currently underrepresented in CHMC, e.g. China, India, Latin America, and the Middle East)

Committee on symposium and congress planning (chair:  Dr. Van Tiggelen)

        Task:  to coordinate CHMC interactions with related organizations in planning independent symposia as well as the scientific symposium of the next international congress for history of science, technology, and medicine; the committee will assist the president in selecting a chair and members for the CHMC program committee for the next symposium, and the committee will assist the program committee in planning the symposium

Committee on documentation, museums and archival relations (chair: Dr. Fauque)

        Task:  to follow up on the work of the Paris symposium and to assist the president in the preparing the publication of the symposium proceedings; to keep the CHMC informed on recent developments in the areas of responsibility as related to modern chemistry (since c. 1900), especially in regard to upcoming conferences and symposia in which CHMC may be an appropriate participant or co-sponsor

Program Committee for the XXIV International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, 2013 (chair: to be announced)

        Task:  in cooperation with the president and the VP for symposium and congress planning, to develop a theme for the CHMC symposium, to issue a call for papers, to review proposals, and to decide on speakers for the symposium

Website Committee (chair:  Prof. Johnson)

        Task:  to maintain the CHMC website ( and ensure not only that it provides a record of CHMc activities, but also links to as many related organizations as possible, including SHAC, HSS, ACS-HIST, SHOT, BSHS, SCF-Club d’histoire de la chimie, etc.



CHMC Executive Council

CHMC mourns the death on July 18, 2016, of Prof. Masanori Kaji (Member of the Executive Council)

Tokyo Institute of Technology
Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology
Group of History of Science and Technology, W9-79
2-12-1 Ookayama Meguro-ku Tokyo 152-8552, Japan

Please see the following for a collection of tributes to Professor Kaji by his many friends and colleagues in the history of chemistry around the world:

Current members:

Prof. Jeffrey A. Johnson (President, effective from 2011)
Department of History
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085, USA
phone:. +1-610-519-7404
fax: +1-610-519-4450

Prof. Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (Vice President for professional and disciplinary history)

Université de Paris X - Nanterre
Département de Philosophie
200, av. de la République
F-92001 Nanterre Cedex, France
phone: +33-1-4097 7353/4712
fax: +33-1-4732 3183

Dr. Peter J. T. Morris ((Vice President for history of instrumentation, laboratories, and industrial relations)
Retired Principal Curator at the Science Museum
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD, England, United Kingdom

Dr. Brigitte Van Tiggelen (Vice President for symposium and congress planning)

Chair, Working Party for the History of Chemistry, European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS)
Université catholique de Louvain and Memosciences, Belgium
Institutional address:  Mémosciences
Voie du Vieux Quartier 18
1348 Louvain-la-neuve

Dr. Danielle M. E. Fauque (Vice President for documentation, museums, and archival relations)
Chair, Club d’histoire de la chimie (CHC), thematic group of the Société chimique de France (SCF)
Member of the French National Committee of History and Philosophy of science (CNFHPS)
chercheur associé GHDSO. bât. 407
Université Paris-Sud 11
91405 Orsay cedex, France
phone: +33 1 40 44 40 16
fax:  +33 1 69 15 43 98

Prof. Ernst Homburg (Treasurer)
Professor of History of Science and Technology
History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Universiteit Maastricht, PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
Phone: +31-(0)43-388 3314
Fax: +31-(0)43-388 4917

Former officers of CHF, now serving as members of the Advisory Board:

Professor emeritus Christoph Meinel (past President, 1997-2010; Honorary Chair of the Advisory Board)
Universität Regensburg
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
D-93040 Regensburg, Germany
phone: +49-941-943 3659/61
fax: +49-941-943 1985/4992

Prof. Carsten Reinhardt (former Treasurer and Vice President to July 2013)

Former President, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (2013-2016)
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie
Universität Bielefeld
D- 33615 Bielefeld, Germany

Prof. Yasu Furukawa (former Vice President for development and outreach to July 2013)

President, Japanese Society for History of Chemistry
Nihon University, College of Bioresource Sciences
1866 Kameino, Fujisawa 252-0880, Japan
phone & fax: +81-466-84-3717

Forthcoming Meetings

CHMC is organizing a half-day symposium for the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 23 to 29 July 2017, with the general theme “Science, Technology and Medicine between the Global and the Local.”  Our symposium, organized by Jeffrey Johnson and Brigitte Van Tiggelen, is entitled, “Re-centering modern chemistry since the 1960s,” and is intended to follow up on the Tokyo workshop of March 2015, on the “Transformation of Chemistry from the 1920s to the 1960s” (see the list of past CHMC conferences in the center column of this website).  For general information on the Congress see their website.  More details on the CHMC symposium will be posted when available. There will also be an important business meeting of CHMC at the Rio Congress; items on the agenda include the selection of a new president to replace Jeffrey Johnson, who must retire after serving two 4-year terms, and discussion of a proposal (currently being drafted) to expand the responsibilities of CHMC by including modern biosciences and biotechnology.  A detailed agenda will be posted when available.

CHMC will also plan sessions for the 11th International Conference on History of Chemistry in Trondheim, Norway, from 29 August to 2 September 2017, and the Annual Meeting of the Society for History of Technology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26-29 October 2017.

Enquiries should be sent to Prof. Jeffrey Johnson, , Dept. of History, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085, USA.