Age of Alchemy

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For many of us alchemy conjures up images of mysticism or a fool’s quest for gold. But alchemy’s golden age was much more. 

Distillations Magazine

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Tattoos are more than decoration. For many people they are lasting symbols of belief, marks of affiliation, declarations of self. But what can you do when the way you look no longer matches who you are?

Arnold O. Beckman Legacy Project


Explore the many facets of Beckman’s life and career in science through a biographical film, a digital collection of Beckman’s papers, original scholarly research, and more.

The Othmer Library


The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History is an independent research library encompassing the history of chemistry and related sciences and industries.

Welcome to the Science History Institute


On February 1, 2018, the Chemical Heritage Foundation became the Science History Institute.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

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