1903, 2018
  • 03-19 – Sir Norman Haworth's birthday

Today in chemistry history: Sir Norman Haworth, vitamin C, and Haworth projections

March 19th, 2018|

Today (19th March) marks the birthday of Sir Norman Haworth – who also died on the 19th March. Haworth won a Nobel Prize in 1937 for his work on carbohydrates and vitamin C. He also developed a way of drawing 3D sugar structures, known as Haworth projections.


1602, 2018
  • 02-16 – The Kyoto Protocol

Today in chemistry history: The Kyoto protocol

February 16th, 2018|

On this day back in 2005, the world’s first legally-binding climate change agreement came into force. The Kyoto protocol, to which 192 countries are a party, aimed to reduce emissions of six greenhouse gases by 5.2% by 2012, relative to 1990. This graphic gives a brief overview of the agreement and the outcome of its first period.


2301, 2018
  • 01-23 - Gertrude Elion's Birthday

Today in Chemistry History: Gertrude B Elion and drug discovery firsts

January 23rd, 2018|

Today, 23 January, marks the birthday of Gertrude B Elion, a chemist who jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on drug treatments and the discovery of several drugs used to treat a variety of diseases. This graphic takes a look at some of the key medicines she discovered.


1901, 2018
  • Susan Solomon

Today in Chemistry History: Susan Solomon, ozone depletion, and CFCs

January 19th, 2018|

Susan Solomon’s work led to confirmation that chlorine-containing compounds can deplete ozone. In particular, she explained why this depletion was focused over the poles. This graphic looks at how ozone depletion happens. Below, we’ll look in more detail at Solomon’s contributions.


711, 2017
  • 11-07 – Marie Curie's Birthday

Today in chemistry history – Marie Curie’s 150th birthday

November 7th, 2017|

In the history of the Nobel Prize, only one person has won a prize in two different sciences. That person was Marie Skłodowska Curie, born on 7th November 1867.


3107, 2017
  • 07-31 – Stephanie Kwolek's Birthday

Today in Chemistry History – Stephanie Kwolek and Kevlar

July 31st, 2017|

Today marks the date of birth of Stephanie Kwolek, the US chemist who discovered the widely used polymer Kevlar. She also developed the nylon rope trick, in which nylon can be produced in a beaker at room temperature – a demonstration which is still used in classrooms today. In addition to this she is the to date the only woman to have been awarded DuPont’s Lavoisier Medal for outstanding contributions.