Richard Pike, CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry, delves into the history of the RSC as part of a lecture series by all Burlington House Societies to celebrate the Story of London Festival.
Thursday 7 October, 18.00 for 18:30-20:00
The Chemistry Centre, London W1J 0BA
Chief Executive Richard Pike talks about the Royal Society of Chemistry, from its historical origins through to its role in society today.
The growth of the Royal Society of Chemistry has mirrored the growth in importance of chemistry in the world, with the entry of more people into the profession of chemistry, but its origins lie in the first half of the nineteenth century and the formation of the Chemical Society of London in 1841 sparked by an increasing interest in scientific matters.
The importance of the Chemical Society, and of the developing science of chemistry, was recognised with the award of a Royal Charter in 1848. Over the years, the expanding activities of the Chemical Society continued to centre on the science and application of chemistry, and with the amalgamation of three other institutes in 1980, it has grown to become the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences.
This lecture is one of a series of seven lectures entitled 'Breaking the Mould' about the national Learned and Scientific Societies and the Royal Academy of Arts which share Burlington House taking place during the Story of London Festival 2010 (1-10 October).
For more information on the festival, visit the Story of London website
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