Facts or Fantasies in the Chemistry Lecture Theatre?

Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 52)


Towards the end of the eighteenth, and into the nineteenth century, subscription courses of chemistry lectures were established in Great Britain, not only for those intending to become doctors or chemists, but for a more general public. Indeed, such courses became fashionable pastimes. It is remarkable how many contemporary references there are to women not only attending these courses in Great Britain but commenting on the personal attributes of the lecturers. There are also a number of poems and cartoons which support the idea that these kinds of feelings existed.

This paper considers the comments which were recorded and speculates to what extent the lecturers could be considered to be true celebrities of their time within certain female groups.

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© Springer International Publishing AG  2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical Heritage FoundationPhiladelphiaUSA

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