'But What is a Chemical Engineer?': Profiling the Membership of the British Institution of Chemical Engineers, 1922-1956

Mackie, Robin (2000). 'But What is a Chemical Engineer?': Profiling the Membership of the British Institution of Chemical Engineers, 1922-1956. Minerva, XXXVIII(2) pp. 171–199.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1026549011575

URL: http://www.springer.com.libezproxy.open.ac.uk/us/

Abstract

This paper examines the membership of the professional association of chemical engineering in Britain - the Institution of Chemical Engineers - during its first three decades. Using collective methods of biography, it explores how long it took for clear boundaries to develop between this membership and the wider chemical community. Delineation was linked to the development of an academic discipline. This paper argues that the indeterminate constituency of the IChemE delayed growth, but allowed it to play a key role in the development of the new profession.

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