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Top 20 People and Events in the History of Chemistry-for kids

Question asked by Keith Lindblom on Feb 2, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 29, 2011 by Janan Hayes

Dear Chemistry Ambassadors,


Your expertise is requested to identify the top 20 people or events in the history of chemistry. This is for a special IYC issue of a children’s magazine. The magazine will use the identified topics in a timeline stretching from early discoveries that helped to establish chemistry as a science, to the International Year of Chemistry 2011.


Keep in mind that the audience is children ages 7-12, so events must be easy to explain. The focus is on people who developed important things and things kids would know about. Hopefully some will be fun and familiar to students; all must be important in the history of chemistry. Perhaps you can build on the following suggestions:


• Democritus, the first to identify the particulate nature of matter and use the term atom

• Dmitri Mendeleev, who constructed the first periodic table

• Marie Curie awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903 and again in 1911 opening doors for women.

• Linus Pauling first described matter in terms of molecular bonds rather by elements.

• The International Year of Chemistry 2011


Share your suggestions! Thank you!