Jeffrey Johnson, Ph.D., published the following works:
“Emil Fischer’s Dream: A ‘Synthetic-Chemical Biology’ in the early 20th Century?” Lecture presented to Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 30, 2014.
“From the Pistol of June to the Guns of August 1914: Beginning the Self-Destruction of Imperial Europe,” invited lecture, Falvey Library lecture series in commemoration of the centennial of the First World War, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, Sept. 23, 2014.
“Emil Fischer and the Origins of Synthetic Biology,” presentation to Session 1, Annual Introductory Symposium, Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 18, 2014
A chapter, “Women in the Chemical Industry in the First Half of the 20th Century,” in Women in Industrial Research, ed. Renate Tobies/Annette Vogt (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014), 119-144; he also co-edited the introduction to the section in which the chapter appeared.
A peer-reviewed article, “The Case of the Missing German Quantum Chemists: On Molecular Models, Mobilization, and the Paradoxes of Modernizing Chemistry in Nazi Germany,” in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 43/4 (Sept. 2013), 391–452
A chapter (composed in German), “Die Gründung und Entwicklung des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituts für Chemie 1905-1930 [founding and development of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry],” in 100 Jahre Kaiser-Wilhelm- / Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (Otto Hahn-Institut): Facetten seiner Geschichte, hrsg. von [ed. by] Horst Kant and Carsten Reinhardt (on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie) (Mainz/Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie/Archiv der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 2012), 21-52. (Series: Veröffentlichungen aus dem Archiv der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Vol. 22) (this was the centennial Festschrift of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry).
Dr. Johnson also gave the following presentations:
“Walther Nernst and the Academic-Industrial Symbiosis in Physical Chemistry,” invited presentation to a symposium of the German Physical Society commemorating the 150th birthday of the physical chemist Walther Nernst, Berlin, Germany June 16, 2014
“Formation of the Knowledge-Based Economy in Germany, 1867-1914: The Development of an Academic-Industrial Symbiosis in German Organic Chemicals, 1867-1887, and its Broader Impact,” invited presentation (as a last-minute replacement for another participant who had to cancel) to the ICOHTEC (International Committee for the History of Technology) Session P133 (Knowledge for use: universities, industry and roots of the knowledge economy), 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ICHSTM), Manchester, UK, July 27, 2013
“Artillery Propellants and Picric Acid: Mobilizing Chemistry in Two German Explosives Plants, 1916-1918,” presentation to Session S055-A (Putting Knowledge to War), 24thICHSTM, Manchester, UK, July 25, 2013
“Redrawing Physical-Chemical Boundaries in National Socialist Germany: Politics, International Competition, and Interdisciplinary Relations,” presentation to session on “Science in Nazi Germany: Competition, Expansion, Integration and the Foreign Gaze,” BiCoDa Conference (theme: “The States’ Stakes in Science”), Bielefeld, Germany, July 12, 2013
“War, Autarky, and Industrial Innovation: The Transformation of Research in the German Chemical Industry, 1914-1945,” presentation to Interdisciplinary Studies of Science colloquium, Bielefeld University, July 2, 2013
“The Great War and Modern Chemistry: The origins of “dual-use” chemicals, 1914-18,” invited lecture to Quarterly Club Luncheon, Villanova University, March 13, 2013
“Von der Idee zur Einweihung: Die schwierigen Anfänge des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituts für Chemie 1905-1912” (from the idea to the opening: the difficult beginnings of the KWI for Chemistry), invited presentation to centennial celebration of the opening of the KWI for Chemistry, at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany, Oct. 23, 2012
In September 2014 Dr. Johnson held a short-term Haas Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia as part of his sabbatical project on “Frankenstein to Artificial Life.” He is currently working on a monograph on this topic as his sabbatical project for 2014-2015, in which he plans to do research in both Europe and the United States, including a short visit to Japan in spring 2015 as keynote speaker for a conference on the post-1945 history of chemistry. One major incentive for him to take a transnational, comparative approach to the project was Dr. Johnson’s recent summer-semester course (in English), Historical Perspectives on Artificial Life, at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, from May 27 to July 19, 2013, in that university’s international guest instructor program.
As president of the Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry (CHMC), Dr. Johnson convened the 1-day CHMC symposium S104: Materials and Chemistry from Bench to Brand and Back, at the 24th ICHSTM (see presentations above), Manchester, UK, July 26, 2013, and he acted as commentator for the first session, “Early Synthetic Materials”; he also presided over CHMC’s business meeting and represented CHMC at business meetings of the parent organization, the Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (DHST-IUHPS), which organized the Congress. The CHMC website, www.chmcweb.org, is currently located as a page on the Villanova Department of History website and is maintained by Dr. Johnson with the help of Villanova’s UNIT tech support and the History Department’s own tech expert, Jami Arsenich.