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:

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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.

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Forthcoming meetings:

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

Knowledge at Work,” 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, to be held in Manchester, UK, Monday 22 - Sunday 28 July 2013.  The program for CHMC’s symposium at this congress, “S104. Materials and chemistry from bench to brand and back,” which will be held in four sessions in the morning and afternoon on Friday, 26 July, can be found here.

CHMC will be holding its business meeting on Saturday morning, 27 July, from 11:10 to 12:40 at Uni Place 4.214.  All members are encouraged to attend!


CHMC is holding “Session 10. Materials in the 20th and 21st century” on the morning of Saturday, August 24th, in the frame of the 9th International Conference for the History of Chemistry, “Chemistry in Material Culture,” 21-24 August 2013, in Uppsala, Sweden. For more information on the 9ICHC, please visit  The program may be found here.

This session is a sequel to the CHMC symposium at the Manchester Congress entitled “Materials and chemistry from bench to brand and back” (see previous announcement).


CHMC will be co-sponsoring a session in honor of Prof. Alan Rocke at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, 21‐24 November 2013.