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Division of the History of Chemistry

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Historical Projects and Presentations Recommended by HIST Members

Industry and Inventions

  • Women Chemists in the Inventors Hall of Fame

  • All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic
    This documentary celebrates Leo Baekeland, "The Father of Modern Plastic," his invention, Bakelite and its myriad descendants. The 59 minute documentary also addresses the plastic problem, and in the end, offers a view of essential solutions.

  • Katharine Burr Blodgett
    Dr. Margaret Schott of Northwestern University gave a presentation on Katharine Burr Blodgett during the Ladies in Waiting symposium last August at the Washington national meeting. The University of Wisconsin - Madison has produced a podcast featuring Dr. Schott, in character as Katherine Burr Blodgett, being interviewed by Liz Laudadio at the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. The podcast is available for download at