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Alfred Werner's Role in the mid-20th Century Flourishing of American Inorganic Chemistry

Labinger, Jay A. (2014) Alfred Werner's Role in the mid-20th Century Flourishing of American Inorganic Chemistry. Chimia, 68 (5). pp. 292-296. ISSN 0009-4293. doi:10.2533/chimia.2014.292.

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The development of organic and physical chemistry as specialist fields, during the middle and end of the 19th century respectively, left inorganic behind as a decidedly less highly regarded subfield of chemistry. Despite Alfred Werner's groundbreaking studies of coordination chemistry in the early 20th century, that inferior status remained in place – particularly in the US – until the 1950s, when the beginnings of a resurgence that eventually restored its parity with the other subfields can be clearly observed. This paper explores the extent to which Werner's heritage – both direct, in the form of academic descendants, and indirect – contributed to those advances.

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Additional Information:© 2014 Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft. Received: February 17, 2014.
Subject Keywords:History of inorganic chemistry; Werner, Alfred
Issue or Number:5
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:17 Jul 2014 18:40
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