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

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’.

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.