Leicester academic honoured by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

Posted by es328 at May 18, 2017 10:26 AM |
Contributions of Professor Bill Brock celebrated at anniversary meeting to mark 80 years of the Society’s journal on 20 May

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 18 May 2017

A former Leicester academic will be celebrated at the anniversary meeting of the Society of the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) on 20 May.

The event will honour the contributions of Professor Bill Brock, Emeritus Professor, former Head of the Department of History, and Director of the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester, to the field.

The meeting will explore new and old themes in the history of chemistry and will also mark 80 years of Ambix, the Society’s journal.

Professor Brock will discuss the journal in his lecture, titled ‘Distilling History through the Ambix’.

Frank James, Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution and UCL and Acting Chair of SHAC, commented that: “I am very pleased that this meeting is being held to celebrate the work of Bill Brock, who over fifty years as Council member, Editor and Chair, played an enormous role in developing nationally and internationally the history of chemistry and alchemy.”

Professor Brock and Dr Sally Horrocks, from the University of Leicester’s School of History, Politics and International Relations, will be joined by academics from the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, St Andrews, and UCL.

Dr Horrocks will present a paper titled, ‘‘I wish I could say I had a little chemistry set at home’: What does oral history really tell us about scientists’ childhoods?’

This talk draws on work that Dr Horrocks has carried out as an academic advisor to the British Library’s ‘An Oral History of British Science’ project, for which she has been nominated in the Public Engagement Category of the University Impact Awards.

Dr Horrocks, Lecturer in Modern British History, said: “'I am delighted to be asked to contribute to this meeting to honour Bill Brock's contributions to the field.

“He probably doesn't remember answering my request for help when I was a student at another university, but for an aspiring historian of science this was a huge encouragement and just one example of how he has supported and encouraged the work of others as well as sustaining his own projects.”

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) was founded in 1935, and has consistently maintained the highest standards of scholarship in all aspects of the history of alchemy and chemistry from early times to the present. The Society has a wide international membership of over 250 with members from 28 countries.

The meeting of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry will be held at the Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS on Saturday 20 May 2017.


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