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2016 contributions

provided a monthly portrait of an alumnus(a) of the École polytechnique to the magazine, La Jaune et la Rouge.

participated in the jury of the Franco-American Franklin-Lavoisier Prize, awarded in 2016 to Professor Lawrence M. Principe.

gave a talk on Neurochemistry of cognitive loss in the elderly and self-estrangement in Samuel Beckett’s writings, at a conference on Ageing brains and minds, held in Paris, May 26-27.

attended the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, California, March 13-17. He participated in a symposium on Posthumous Nobel prizes, held by the Division of the History of Chemistry, in which he presented the merits of  Howard E. Simmons, Jr. This contribution became a chapter in a book edited by E. T. Strom, in the ACS Symposium series.

wrote a book review published in Isis, 2016, 107(4), 896-898.

attended a memorial meeting in Erlangen, Germany in honor of Paul von Ragué Schleyer, March 30-April 1st, in which he gave a talk on PRS’s Princeton Years.

contributed a chapter on “Nitrocellulose, Under Three Distinct Formulations: Celluloid, Viscose and Cellophane.” to the collective book, From Bench to Brand and Back: The Co-Shaping of Materials and Chemists in the Twentieth Century, Special Issue, Cahiers François Viète, Series III, n°2, January 2017, edited by Pierre Teissier, C. Mody and Brigitte van Tiggelen.

published an article onTools of chemistry: the Desreux-Bischoff viscosimeter, Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 2015, 40(2), 95-102.

published a chapter on Educating the eye: a personal memoir, in the collective book Arte e Ciencia / Ciencia et Arte, edited by Dr. Mendez Rojas, 2016, pp. 27-45.

published a chapter on the Structure of the NMR Revolution, in the collective volume Transformation of Chemistry from the 1920s to the 1960s, edited by Masanori Kaji, Yasi Furukawa, Hiroaki Tanaka, Yoshiyuki Kikuchi, Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry, Tokyo, 2016, pp. 113-121.

Activities November 2016


Paris, November 7-10

November 8

interview of Louis Le Pivain at his office in Viroflay, preparatory to the writing of his portrait for La Jaune et la Rouge. dinner as the guest of Professor Robert Anderson, Acting president, Chemical Heritage Society.

November 9

Maison de la Chimie:

attendance of the award of the Franklin-Lavoisier Prize to Professor Lawrence M. Principe, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. Guest of Bernard Bigot, President, Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, for the luncheon.

November 10-30

at home in Sénergues, involved in various writing projects; and in transcribing recordings of interviews preparatory to Annales orales des anciens élèves de l’Ecole polytechnique. The number 1 is that of Dr. Bertrand Collomb, former CEO of Lafarge-Holcim, recorded in both September and October 2016.