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!