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The Newsletter, Program, and Abstracts for the 250th National ACS Meeting in Boston, MA, August 16-20, 2015, are now available.

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The recipient of the 2015 HIST Award of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society is Professor Christoph Meinel, University of Regensburg, Germany. This award is the successor to the Dexter Award (1956-2001) and the Sydney M. Edelstein Award (2002-2009), also administered by the Division of the History of Chemistry. The HIST Award will be presented to Prof. Meinel at the fall national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, MA, on August 18, 2015.

As part of its activities at the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, the History of Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society is pleased to host the 2015 HIST Award Banquet on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. To be honored at the banquet will be Professor Christoph Meinel, winner of its 2015 HIST Award, and Professor Amy Bix, winner of its 2014 Outstanding Paper Award. The Banquet will be held at the Lucia Ristorante & Bar (www.luciaboston.com), located at the heart of Hanover Street in Boston's North End (415 Hanover Street). The Banquet will start at 6:30 PM and will feature a family style menu. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased from Vera Mainz, HIST Secretary-Treasurer (Tickets cover the full cost of the meal, with the exception of beverages). You can pay Vera via check or cash (exact amount preferred) at the banquet or when you see her. If you do plan to attend, please RSVP by August 15th via email (mainz@illinois.edu). The Lucia Ristorante & Bar is approximately 1 mile from downtown Boston, where the ACS hotels are located.


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New HIST symposium planned for the Spring 2016 ACS National Meeting: PRECEPTORS OF CHEMISTRY. Full details can be found HERE.



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New HIST symposium planned for the Spring 2016 ACS National Meeting: THE POSTHUMOUS NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY. CORRECTING THE OVERSIGHTS AND ERRORS OF THE NOBEL PRIZE COMMITTEE. Full details can be found HERE.


Call for Nominations HIST Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Chemistry

The Division of History of Chemistry (HIST) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) solicits nominations for the 2016 HIST Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Chemistry. This award, formerly known as the Dexter Award and then the Edelstein Award, continues a tradition started in 1956.
This award is sponsored by and administered by HIST. The recipient chosen to receive the HIST Award is presented with an engraved plaque and the sum of $1500, usually at a symposium honoring the recipient at the Fall National Meeting of the ACS, which in 2015 will be held in at the 252nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The award is international in scope, and nominations are welcome from anywhere in the world. Previous winners of the Dexter and Edelstein Awards include chemists and historians from the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.


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The 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act was celebrated in 2012 via symposia at both the San Diego and Philadelphia National meetings. Many of the speakers at those symposia contributed articles to the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, v38(2) 2013. By special request, the articles in this issue of the Bulletin related to the anniversary of the Morrill Act are being made available via OPEN ACCESS.


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The HIST award for the Outstanding Paper Award for 2014 has been awarded to Amy Bix. The award is presented to the author of the best paper published in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry during the previous three years, 2012, 2013, 2014.


Articles in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry concerning Citation for Chemical Breakthrough Awards:


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The Bulletin for the History of Chemistry v39(2) is now available to members. Check out the Table of Contents.

NOTE: HIST is making individual articles from the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry OPEN ACCESS and searchable except for the last three years. These articles are available in the Open Access Directory.

Articles from the last three years are available via links from the Table of Contents for those issues FOR HIST MEMBERS AND SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. If you try to access an article, you will be prompted for a login and password. The login username is the email address you provided to the American Chemical Society and the password is your ACS member number.

If you have any problems, please email mainz@illinois.edu.

If you are not a member and want to order an individual article, please check the membership/back-issue order form.


Mission Statement

The Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) seeks to advance knowledge and appreciation of the history of the chemical sciences among chemists, students, historians of science, and the broader public by