Chemistry in Bristol into the Early Twentieth Century

Chemistry only emerged as a science in the later 18th century.

Since then, it has transformed our understanding of the natural world, our medical care, and our products and processes.

The knowledge and experience of the two authors well qualifies them to tell us how this story played out in Bristol over some 150 years.

About the Authors

Brian Vincent, D.SC., FRSC, is an emeritus professor and a senior research fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, where he was the Leverhulme Professor of Physical Chemistry from 1993 to 2007. Prior to moving to the University in 1973, he worked for Imperial Chemical Industries in Slough from 1969. As well as some 300 research and review articles, he has published several historical articles in his principal field of scientific interest: interface and colloid sciences. He also has a keen interest in local history and serves on the committee of the Friends of Bristol Museum, Galleries and Archives.

Raymond Holland B.Sc., was a retired industrial chemist. Following graduation at Manchester University, he worked for several companies, including Bristol and West Tar Distillers Ltd, which became British Steel Corporation (Chemicals) Ltd. This led to a strong interest in industrial chemical history. He has written, published and lectured about a number of Bristol chemical works. He has also written a history of the Bristol Scientific Club. He joined the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) in 1962 and was the Secretary of the Bristol & South West Group. From 1996-99 he was an SCI Vice President and National Chairman of the SCI Council.

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