11 September 2014

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! How Chemistry Changed the First World War

Organised by:

SCI Cambridge & Great Eastern Region, RSC Mid-Anglia Section & Cambridge University ChemSoc.

Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

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This event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI.

Michael Freemantle will describe how "The Great War" was a Chemists' War. Chemistry underpinned military strategy and determined the shape, duration and outcome of the First World War. Chemistry was not only a destructive instrument of war but also protected troops, and healed the sick and wounded. From bullets to bombs, poison gases to anaesthetics, khaki to cordite, Chemistry played a pivotal role in the trenches, in the casualty clearing stations and military hospitals, in the tunnelling operations in the air, and at sea.

Dr Michael Freemantle is a professional science writer. His book of the same title was published in 2012. Signed copies will be available on the night.

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Venue and Contact

University of Cambridge, Department of Chemistry, Pfizer Lecture Theatre

Pfizer Lecture Theatre
Department of Chemistry
Lensfield Road


John O'Toole

+44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: john.otoole9@btinternet.com


This is a FREE event and is open to the public. Suitable for GCSE students. No tickets will be issues, so please arrive early to get a good seat.

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