CHMCweb.org was the webpage of the Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry (CHMC), remaining current until July 2017. At the International Congress in Rio de Janeiro in July 2017, a change in the name of the commission was approved. The former CHMC is now the Commission on the History of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences (CHCMS). Due to term limits and retirements, there were several changes in the Executive Council. The current president of CHCMS, replacing Jeffrey Johnson, is Brigitte Van Tiggelen, director of European operations of the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, and chair of the Working Party for the History of Chemistry of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS). A new and updated website is currently in preparation; when ready, it will be accessible under the domain name CHCMS.org, and links to the old CHMCweb.org website will be forwarded to the new website.
CHMC is a Commission of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science / Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS/DHST). The aim is to focus interest on, and to create a framework for, research on the history of modern chemistry with particular emphasis on twentieth-century chemistry in its relationship to the biomedical sciences, physics, instrumentation, and technology.
Manfred Eigen, Göttingen (Chemistry Nobel Laureate of 1967), and Roald Hoffmann, Ithaca (Chemistry Nobel Laureate of 1981), support the aims of CHMC as Honorary Patrons.
CHMC organizes scientific symposia at the International Congresses of the History of Science and, if possible, in the years in between these congresses.
- CHMC establishes efficient means of communication for historians of chemistry from all over the world through the electronic news bulletin and mailing list CHEM-HIST.
- CHMC maintains contacts with other scholarly associations and societies devoted to the history of chemistry or to the history of science and technology. It co-operates with other DHS Commissions and Scientific Sections.
- CHMC collects data for a World Directory of historians of chemistry.
- CHMC seeks to encourage other initiatives in the historiography of modern chemistry.
According to IUHPS/DHST statutes, Historical Commissions are international associations financially dependent upon DHST. They report annually to the Secretary General and submit reports on their activities to each General Assembly.
CHMC has no formal membership. Everybody with a scholarly or professional interest in the history of chemistry who communicates and co-operates with the Commission will be considered a member. Business is run by an Executive Council [for members, see the column to the left] approved by IUHPS/DHST Council. Meetings and Conferences are prepared by their respective Program Committees.
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.
The following meetings and conferences have been organized: