William Palmer - Dissent at the University of Iowa: Gustavus Detlev Hinrichs: chemist and polymath.

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  Palmer,   W. P. (2007)  Presented at the Second Annual Conference of   the Bulgarian Society for the Chemistry Education and History and   Philosophy of Chemistry (CE&HPC), Plovdiv, Bulgaria from   25-27 October. The papers presented were published in a   Supplement (December, 2007) to Khimiya/Chemistry. Bulgarian   Journal of Chemical Education ISSN 0861-9255   (indexed/abstracted in Chemical  Abstracts, Google Scholar   and SCOPUS). Hard copy version can be found at: Õèìèÿ,   ãîä. ÕVI, êí. 6 (2007) Chemistry, Vol. 16, Iss 6 (2007),   pp. 534-553. Online at: http://khimiya.org/pdfs/KHIMIYA_16_6_PALMER.pdf

  Abstract:

      Gustavus   Detlef Hinrichs was born in 1836, moved from his   province

 

  in Denmark (now Germany), where there was a civil war,   to the United States. He

  settled in Davenport, Iowa, in 1861 with his family. He   had a long life and his story is replete with both success and   failure. He worked from 1863 at the University of Iowa for twenty   five years building up a science laboratory with an international   reputation. A new university administration slashed his budget in   order to concentrate on the ‘classics’. The series of   disagreements resulting from this action eventually led to   Hinrichs’ dismissal from the university. His research led him to   be amongst those working on a periodic arrangement of the   chemical elements like Mendeleev, though his reasoning was   somewhat eccentric. He wrote many books and numerous academic   papers; he also was amongst the earliest teachers to create   physics and chemistry laboratory manuals for his students. He   worked in other areas of science apart from chemistry, including   astronomy, crystallography, geology and meteorology. He   originated

  the name ‘derechos’ as a term for wind-damage events   caused by straight-line

  winds. Hinrichs was also was a strong advocate of   practical science in schools and universities. He remained active   in scientific research until his death in   1923.

 

 

  Keywords:

 

  Gustavus Detlef   Hinrichs, University of Iowa, chemical   arrangement

  of   chemical elements, physics and chemistry manuals, derechos

  Address (URL): http://khimiya.org/pdfs/KHIMIYA_16_6_PALMER.pdf

 

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