CHEM-HIST is an international electronic forum and news bulletin set up to carry information and discussion related to the history of chemistry and chemical industry. The list is open to anyone with an interest in any facet of the history of chemistry. CHEM-HIST aims to provide:

  •  Announcements of conferences and other forthcoming events;
  •  Announcements of new projects and ventures in relevant fields;
  •  Early discussion of work done within the history of chemistry;
  •  Information about seminars, exhibitions, museums;
  •  Announcements of jobs, grants, scholarships, prizes;
  •  Inquiries of whatever you feel appropriate asking the community;
  •  Article title listings from journals concerning the history of chemistry.

CHEM-HIST started in 1997 as an outcome of the European Science Foundation research programme on "The Emergence of Chemistry in Europe, 1789-1939". In 1998 it became the official messenger of the IUHPS/DHS Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry (CHMC). Since then the number of subscribers has continuously risen from 350 to some 480 worldwide.

CHEM-HIST is supported by the Fachgruppe Geschichte der Chemie der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, the Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group, the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, the Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine in Jerusalem, and by the History of Science Unit of the University of Regensburg, Germany. .

Standard language is English; but other languages are equally welcome. The list must not be used for commercial purposes. To prevent spam, only messages from subscribers are accepted. File attachements should not be sent to the list.

List manager: Christoph Meinel, Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Universität Regensburg, D-93040 Regensburg, Germany, Email:

The website allows to subscribe, unsubscribe and manage your account. Alternatively, experienced users can send the usual listserver commands to; sending help to that same address will prompt the server to bounce a list of available commands.

Forthcoming meetings:

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

CHMC is currently organizing sessions for the International Conference on History of Chemistry on "Chemical Biography in the 21st Century" at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, 9-12 September 2015 (information here), and the History of Science Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, 19-22 November 2015 (information here). More details on the sessions will be posted when available.