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The Overseas dimensions of British chemical societies, 1890-1950

Roberts, Gerrylynn K. and Simmons, Anna E. (2007). The Overseas dimensions of British chemical societies, 1890-1950. Historia Scientiarum, 16(3) pp. 224–243.

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Drawing on the ongoing project, 'Studies of the British Chemical Community, 1880-1970', this article points out the very considerable overseas component of the British chemical community. Over the period 1887-1956, about one-third of the 47,000 plus individuals who joined one or more of the three principal British chemical organizations – the Chemical Society, the [Royal] Institute of Chemistry, or the Society of Chemical Industry – had a non-UK component in their career. Furthermore, some 16 per cent at the start of the twentieth century, rising to about a quarter of the individuals joining the societies after the Second World War, had a non-UK component in their education. Chemists working overseas were highly mobile, both geographically and across employment sectors. Though it is hardly surprising that the Dominions feature, the USA and Europe were also important.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0285-4821
Extra Information: The public segment of the project database, comprising biographical information on some 4200 chemists, may be consulted at:
Keywords: social history of chemistry; chemical institutions; professionalization; overseas chemists; international chemical relations;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 4070
Depositing User: Gerrylynn Roberts
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 12:36
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