List of blue plaques erected by the Royal Society of Chemistry

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This is a list of blue plaques erected by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Chemical Landmark Scheme

The Chemical Landmark Scheme (CLS) is a Royal Society of Chemistry initiative recognising sites where the chemical sciences have made a significant contribution to health, wealth, or quality of life. The blue plaques are publicly visible, and are intended to give everyone an insight into chemistry's relevance to everyday lives. [1] CLS plaques for the first few years of the scheme (begun in 2001) were rectangular, black lettering on a steel background, but later plaques are hexagonal, white lettering on a blue background. Round plaques bearing RSC attribution do not bear the word "landmark" and are apparently without the scheme. The scheme was suspended in mid-2018 or earlier, [2] and still so in April 2020. [3]

A list of plaques awarded to date can be found below.

England

SubjectInscriptionLocationYear installedPhotoOpen Plaques
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Beecham Research Laboratories

In 1957 scientists working for Beecham Research Laboratories at nearby Brockham Park discovered a chemical which they used to develop many new penicillins with unique properties for the treatment of bacterial infections. These medicines have relieved suffering and saved millions of lives worldwide.

The Shop at Strood Green
1 Tynedale Road
Betchworth, Surrey
2016 (2016) [4]
Sir John Cornforth
1917–2013

Shell Research Ltd Milstead Laboratory of Chemical Enzymology.
In recognition of the pioneering work carried out here when he was co-director of the laboratory. Cornforth led a team that revealed the detailed chemistry of how enzymes work, and explained how cholesterol builds up in the body. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975.

Kent Science Park
Broadoak Road
Sittingbourne, Kent
2016 (2016) [5]
Sir Edward Frankland KCB
1825–1899

Professor of Chemistry. Attended this school 1837–1839.
Discovered many new chemical compounds, made important contributions to chemical theory, and improved the quality of domestic water supplies. President of the Chemical Society and the Institute of Chemistry.

Lancaster Royal Grammar School
East Road
Lancaster
2015 (2015) [6]
Sir Humphry Davy Bt MRI PRS
1778–1829

Apprentice apothecary to John Bingham Borlase in this building, 1795–1798. Progressed to the Medical Pneumatic Institution, Bristol, 1798 and to the Royal Institution, London, 1801. Davy established the nature of acids, identified 9 elements and invented the miner's safety lamp.

1 Market Place
Penzance
2015 (2015) Davy RSC Plaque.jpg [7] [8]
Robert Angus Smith PhD FRS
1817–1884

First Chief Inspector of the Alkali Inspectorate (1864–1884) Robert Angus Smith lived and worked in Manchester for 40 years, and for much of this time his laboratory was at 20 Grosvenor Square. Following his research in Manchester on air quality, in 1859 he was the first person to use the term 'acid rain'.

Oxford Road
Manchester
2015 (2015) Blue Plaque for Robert Angus Smith Manchester Metropolitan University.jpg
Daniel Douglas Eley OBE FRS
1914–

To mark the 100th birthday of Daniel Eley, pioneering physical chemist. His research, much of it conducted in Nottingham, bridges chemistry, physics and biology. It includes the Eley-Rideal mechanism of gas-surface reactions, organic semiconductors, discovery of the conductivity of DNA, ortho/para hydrogen conversion and understanding the structure of aqueous solutions.

The School of Chemistry
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
2014 (2014) [9]
Saltend Chemicals Park

In recognition of 100 years of innovation in supplying the UK with transportation fuels and important base chemicals. Saltend has uniquely combined in one location the research, development and commercialisation of numerous new processes for the manufacture of organic acids, alcohols and their derivatives.

BP Chemicals Ltd
Saltend Chemicals Park
Hull
2014 (2014) [10]
Johnson Matthey plc

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the world’s first commercial autocatalysts being manufactured on this site, and the subsequent development of catalysts and filters for gasoline and diesel vehicles that have cleaned billions of tonnes of pollutants from the environment worldwide.

Johnson Matthey
Orchard Road
Royston
Hertfordshire
2014 (2014) [11]
Dorothy Hodgkin
1910–1994

Led pioneering work in this building from 1956–1972 and elsewhere in Oxford on the structures of antibiotics, vitamins and proteins including penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin, using X-ray diffraction techniques for which she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964

Department of Chemistry
University of Oxford
South Parks Road. OS map ref (± 00010) SP 51532 06850.
Oxford
2014 (2014) Royal Society of Chemistry plaque Dorothy Hodgkin.JPG [12]
Ibuprofen

In recognition of the work during the 1980s by The Boots Company PLC on the development of ibuprofen which resulted in its move from prescription only status to over the counter sale, therefore expanding its use to millions of people worldwide

Building D6 at Boots Beeston Factory Site
Dunkirk Industrial Estate
1 Thane Road
Nottingham
2013 (2013) [13]
Ibuprofen

In recognition of the pioneering research work, here on Pennyfood Street, by Dr Stewart Adams and Dr John Nicholson in the Research Department of Boots which led to the discovery of ibuprofen used by millions worldwide for the relief of pain.

BioCity Nottingham
Pennyfoot Street
NG1 1GF
Nottingham
2013 (2013) Ibuprofen Blue Plaque, BioCity, Nottingham 01.jpg [13]
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

University of Southampton Chemistry. On this site in 1973, Martin Fleischmann, Patrick J. Hendra and A. James McQuillan recorded the first surface enhanced Raman spectra (SERS) leading to the development of a highly sensitive surface spectroscopic technique that is now used worldwide.

University of Southampton
Highfield
SO17 1BJ
Southampton
2013 (2013) [14]
Rev Ron Lancaster MBE
1931–

For his contribution to fireworks research, development, professional displays and for services to the pyrotechnic industry for over 50 years

Kimbolton School
Kimbolton
PE28 0EA
Cambridge
2013 (2013) [15]
Professor The Lord George Porter of Luddenham OM PRS
1920–2002

1985–2002 Chairman, Centre for Photomolecular Sciences and Visiting Professor, Imperial College.
1967 Nobel Laureate for the study of fast reactions by flash photolysis.

Wolfson Laboratories
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
SW7 2AZ
London
2012 (2012) [16]
Inorganic chemistry Laboratory Science Area, Oxford
1982

Glucose Sensor. In this laboratory on 20 July 1982, Allen Hill, Tony Cass and Graham Davis (Chemist) made the crucial discovery which led to the development of a unique electronic blood glucose sensor now used by millions of diabetics worldwide.

South Parks Road, Oxford. OS map ref (± 00010) SP 51532 06850.
Oxford
51°27′10″N1°09′06″E / 51.452884°N 1.151750°E / 51.452884; 1.151750
2012 (2012) Glucose-sensor-plaque.jpg
Thomas Graham House

This plaque, at the home of the Royal Society of Chemistry's publishing operations, commemorates the 170th anniversary of the society's scientific publishing, which has made a profound contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences.

Thomas Graham House
Science Park
Milton Road
Cambridge
52°14′09″N0°08′27″E / 52.235844°N 0.140903°E / 52.235844; 0.140903
2011 (2011) Thomas Graham House - Blue Plaque - Andy Mabbett - 01.JPG 31676
ICI General Chemicals, Widnes Research Laboratory

In recognition of the outstanding scientific contribution made by Charles Suckling and others, close to this site in 1951, in the synthesis and subsequent commercial development of halothane, the world's first synthetic inhalation anaesthetic.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Mersey Road
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 0DF
Widnes
53°21′07″N2°44′02″W / 53.352058°N 2.733822°W / 53.352058; -2.733822
2011 (2011) Catalyst - ICI General Chemicals Widnes Research Laboratory blue plaque.jpg [17]
Ernest Rutherford
1871–1937

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the atomic nucleus by Ernest Rutherford, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and pioneer in nuclear physics, at the University of Manchester. [NB This is presumed to be the inscription on the RSC plaque, but the photograph in this entry is of a different plaque of unknown date with a different legend, donated by the Council of the City of Manchester. Research on these plaques is in progress, but hampered by Covid-19 restrictions.]

Rutherford Building (just inside entrance), Coupland Street University of Manchester
Manchester
2011 (2011) Blue Plaque for Ernest Rutherford University of Manchester.jpg [18]
Unilever Research & Development Port Sunlight Laboratory

In recognition of the outstanding scientific contribution to the home and personal care industry made by Unilever Port Sunlight's laboratory since 1911. 100 years on, the people on site continue to deliver innovative products to enhance the lives of billions of consumers around the world.

Merseyside 2011 (2011) Unilever Port Sunlight blue plaque.jpg [19]
Inorganic chemistry Laboratory Science Area, Oxford
1980

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. Where in 1980, John B. Goodenough with Koichi Mizushima, Philip C. Jones and Philip J. Wiseman identified the cathode material that enabled development of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This breakthrough ushered in the age of portable electronic devices.

South Parks Road, Oxford. OS map ref (± 00010) SP 51532 06850.
Oxford
51°27′10″N1°09′06″E / 51.452884°N 1.151750°E / 51.452884; 1.151750
2010 (2010) Inorganic-chemistry-lab-Oxford-plaque.jpg
Pfizer Sandwich

In recognition of the significant and enduring contribution made by Pfizer Scientists to health and quality of life through the discovery, development and manufacture of novel medicines for human and animal use. Sandwich Research laboratories established 1957.

Sandwich, Kent 2010 (2010) [20]
Sanofi-Aventis, Dagenham Site

In recognition of the pioneering research and manufacturing work carried out at the May & Baker (sanofi-aventis) Dagenham site in a wide range of chemical and pharmaceutical fields since 1934. These products continue to benefit patients and their quality of life around the world.

Dagenham
Essex
2010 (2010) [21]
Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research

This plaque is in recognition of the pioneering work in the nutrition science carried out by Dr Elsie Widdowson (1906–2000). Her research provided a foundation for the work which continues in this laboratory today to improve the health of the population.

Human Nutrition Research
120 Fulbourn Road
CB1 9NL
Cambridge
2009 (2009) [22]
Harwell Laboratory

In recognition of the pioneering research and development work performed by scientists at Harwell since 1946. Their work has provided fundamental support in the development of nuclear power in the UK and a greater understanding of the chemistry of the actinide elements.

Harwell Campus Management HQ Building
Thomson Avenue
OX11 0GD. OS map ref (± 00010) SU 48075 87128.
Didcot
2009 (2009) RSCPlaqueHarwell.png [23]

[24]

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan FRS
1828–1914

Chemist, physicist and inventor of the incandescent light bulb which he first demonstrated at a public lecture here on 3 February 1879. Nearby Mosley Street was the first street in the world to be lit by such electric bulbs.

Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle
23 Westgate Road
NE1 1SE
Newcastle upon Tyne
2009 (2009) [25]
Chemistry Department
University College London

During the period 1930–1970 Professor Sir Christopher Ingold pioneered our understanding of the electronic basis of structure, mechanism and reactivity in organic chemistry, which is fundamental to modern-day chemistry.

University College London
20 Gordon Street
WX1H 0AJ
London
2008 (2008) [26]
Alderley Park

In recognition of the pioneering work carried out by chemists at the Alderley Park site since 1957 which has led to the discovery of therapeutic medicines, including beta-blockers and cancer therapies, that continue to provide benefits for patients throughout the world.

AstraZeneca
Alderely Park
SK10 4TF
Macclesfield
2008 (2008)[[File:
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[27]
John Snow
1813–1848

Founding father of Epidemiology. In 1854 his research linked deaths to the water pump near this site and thus determined that cholera is a water borne disease.

Broadwick (formerly Broad) Street
Soho
London
51°18′17″N0°04′52″E / 51.304850°N 0.081129°E / 51.304850; 0.081129
2008 (2008) National Chemical Landmark, Dr John Snow - geograph.org.uk - 1073811.jpg 1962
Chemistry Department University College London
1930–1970

Chemistry Department University College London During the period 1930–1970 Professor Sir Christopher Ingold pioneered our understanding of the electronic basis of structure, mechanism and reactivity in organic chemistry, which is fundamental to modern-day chemistry.

Gordon St,
Bloomsbury,
Euston,
WC1H 0AH
London
51°18′47″N0°04′33″E / 51.312997°N 0.075720°E / 51.312997; 0.075720
2008 (2008) Christopher Ingold plaque.jpg
Jealott's Hill International Research Centre

This plaque is in recognition of the pioneering work carried out by scientists on this site since 1928. Research at Jealott's Hill has led to global developments in agriculture which have helped feed people and improve their quality of life.

Syngenta
Jealott's Hill International Research Centre
Berkshire
RG42 6EY
Bracknell
2007 (2007) [28]
Clarendon Laboratory
1887–1915

Clarendon Laboratory where H.G.J. Moseley (1887–1915) completed his pioneering studies on the frequencies of X-rays emitted from the elements. His work established the concept of atomic number and helped reveal the structure of the atom. He predicted several new elements and laid the ground for a major tool in chemical analysis. (Plaque as shown in photograph deteriorated further - note bulging of paint - and was replaced in 2019 with a new plaque identical in inscription but with the current RSC logo as shown for instance in photographs on plaques dated 2015.)

Clarendon Laboratory
Sherrington Road,
OX1 3PU. OS map ref (± 00010) SP 51412 07013.
Oxford
51°27′12″N1°09′08″E / 51.453343°N 1.152281°E / 51.453343; 1.152281
2007 (2007) Clarendon Laboratory.jpg 4698 [29]
John Dalton FRS
1766–1844

1778–1793: Teacher (Eaglesfield, Pardshaw, Kendal)
1793–1844: Scientist and Educator (Manchester)
1817–1844: President, Manchester Lit & Phil Soc
Laws of Partial Pressures and Multiple Proportions, recognised Colour Blindness and revolutionised Chemistry through his Atomic Theory

John Dalton Cottage
CA13
Eaglesfied
2007 (2007)[[File:
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[30]
Sir Derek Barton FRS
1918–1998

1938–1942 Student, 1957–1978 Professor, Imperial College
1969 Nobel Laureate for new concept of organic conformational analysis
Erected in the Centenary Year of Imperial College London

Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
SW7 2AZ
London
2007 (2007) [31]
Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson FRS
1921–1996

1939–1943 Student, 1956–1996 Professor, Imperial College
1973 Nobel Laureate for pioneering studies on organometallic compounds
Erected in the Centenary Year of Imperial College London

Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
SW7 2AZ
London
2007 (2007) [31]
Sir William H. Perkin
1838–1907

discovered mauveine, the world's first synthetic dyestuff, in 1856. He and his brother Thomas produced mauveine from a factory on this site in 1857, and later alizarin, thus laying the foundations of the organic chemicals industry.
This replaces a centenary plaque unveiled by Sir R Robinson in 1957.

Oldfield Lane N
Greendford
UB6
London
2006 (2006) [32]
Hexagon Site

This plaque recognises Hexagon Site as a Chemical Landmark. Since 1786, this site has been at the heart of dyestuffs development and production in the UK.

Hexagon Tower
Crumpsall Vall
Blackley
M9 8ES
Manchester
2006 (2006)
Natural Products

Research in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge over more than 50 years has established the structures and many principles of the synthesis of molecules that control the processes of life. Notably, Lord Alexander Todd FRS and his co-workers invented the chemical synthesis of nucleotides which led to the elucidation of the chemical structure of DNA.

Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
CB2 1EW
Cambridge
2005 (2005) [33]
Liquid Crystals

Research in the Department of Chemistry at Hull over more than 50 years has established many principles of the design, synthesis and properties of liquid crystals for applications in display devices. Notably, Professor George Gray FRS, CBE and his co-workers invented the cyanobiphenyl class of materials, which were key to developing the first successful liquid crystal display devices.

Hull 2005 (2005) [34]
William Ramsay, Nobel Laureate 1904

Between 1894 and 1910, in a laboratory near this site, William Ramsay discovered and characterised the noble gases, completing the structure of the Periodic Table of Elements.

University College London
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT
London
2004 (2004) [35]
Winnington Laboratory

This plaque commemorates the discovery of polyethylene (better known as polythene) by R O Gibson and E W Fawcett on 27 March 1933 working in the former ICI research laboratory close to this site.

Winnington Hall
Winnington Lane
Northwich
CW8 4DU
Winnington
2004 (2004)
Dyson Perrins Laboratory

This laboratory was a major centre for Organic Chemistry from 1916–2003.
It had four Heads in that time, the Waynflete Professors W H Perkin Jnr, Sir Robert Robinson OM, Sir Ewart Jones, and Sir Jack Baldwin.
Sir Robert was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1947 for work done here on natural products.

Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit
Dyson Perrins Building
South Parks Road
OX1 3QY. OS map ref (± 00010) SP 51609 06916.
Oxford
2004 (2004) Dyson Perrins Lab Plaque Royal Society of Chemistry.JPG
Silicone Polymers

Commemorating the pioneering work into the development of silicone polymers conducted by Professor Frederic S. Kipping, FRS, first Sir Jesse Boot Professor of Chemistry, at the University College laboratories in Shakespeare Street, Nottingham (1897–1928), and the Trent Building laboratories, University Park (1928–1936). His research formed the basis for the worldwide development of the synthetic rubber and silicone-based lubricant industries.

School of Chemistry
University of Nottingham
NG7 2RD
Nottingham
2004 (2004) [36]
William Henry Bragg (1862–1942) and William Lawrence Bragg (1890–1971)

Near this site, between 1912 and 1914, Sir William H. Bragg and his son Sir W. Lawrence Bragg carried out research that led to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1915. Their work formed the basis of crystal structure determination by X-ray diffraction which has made an outstanding contribution to chemical science.

School of Chemistry
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
Leeds
2003 (2003) [37]
Former site of the Royal College of Chemistry
1845–1872

The College was modelled on Liebig's Laboratory at Giessen, Germany by AW Hofmann. Here, Hofmann inspired the young to do great things in chemistry, and relate them to both academic and everyday life.

299 Oxford Street
W1C 2DZ
London
2003 (2003) Rscrccplaque.jpg
King's College London

Near this site Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, Raymond Gosling, Alexander Stokes and Herbert Wilson performed experiments that led to the discover of the structure of DNA. This work revolutionised our understanding of the chemistry behind life itself.

The Strand
King's College London
WC2R 347
London
2003 (2003)
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys
1950–

In 1984 the principles behind DNA fingerprinting were discovered in this building by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and his research group.

Department of Genetics
University of Leicester
Leicester
2002 (2002) [38]
Royal Gunpowder Mills

For over 300 years explosives and propellants were developed and produced on this site. Work performed here has been influential in the development of the Bouncing Bomb, Kevlar and Ejector Seat technology.

Waltham Abbey 2002 (2002)
Dr Archer John Porter Martin (1910–2002) and Dr Richard Laurence Millington Synge (1914–1994)

Close to this site, in the Torridon Laboratories of the Wool Industries Research Association between 1940 and 1943, Dr Archer John Porter Martin and Dr Richard Laurence Millington Synge developed the technique of partition chromatography. Originally developed for the separation of amino acids from wool proteins, the technique became the basis for future widespread chromatographic analysis in research and development in many branches of chemistry. Drs Martin and Synge were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1952 for this research.

Leeds 2001 (2001) [39]
Johnson Matthey Technology Centre

Pioneering work has been carried out in these laboratories since 1970 on the chemistry of Platinum Group Metals for the development of car exhaust catalysts and the design of platinum anti-cancer drugs. Exhaust catalysts are fitted to most modern vehicles and make a global contribution to air quality. Platinum-based drugs play a major role in cancer therapy.

Berkshire 2001 (2001) [40]
Frederick Crace Calvert
PhD FRS
1819–1873

1846 Professor of Chemistry at the Manchester Royal Institution (City Art Gallery)
1850 F C Calvert and Co near this site
1857 First commercial production of phenol, carbolic acid, used as a disinfectant in soaps and powders and for making dyes

Princess Street
Manchester
M1 3WF
 () Frederick Crace Calvert - Royal Society of Chemistry blue plaque - Manchester - Andy Mabbett.jpg 1273

Scotland

SubjectInscriptionLocationYear installedPhotoOpen Plaques
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Thomas Graham
1805–1869

Born in Glasgow and Professor of Chemistry at Anderson’s University (now University of Strathclyde) from 1830–1837. His famous contributions to Science were Graham’s Law of Diffusion and his pioneering work on dialysis. He founded the Chemical Society of London in 1841, and became Master of the Mint. He is commemorated by this building and by a statue in George Square.

Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry
University of Strathclyde
Thomas Graham Building
295 Cathedral Street
Glasgow
55°51′46″N4°14′47″W / 55.862822°N 4.246515°W / 55.862822; -4.246515
2014 (2014) 39209 [41]
James 'Paraffin' Young
1811–1883

In recognition of his outstanding contribution, started on a site close to here in Birniehill Bathgate, where in c. 1850 he processed torbanite ('cannel coal') to create the first commercial production of paraffin oil in the world, leading to the major shale oil industry in West Lothian

Bennie Museum
9–11 Mansefield Street
Bathgate
2012 (2012) [42] [43]
Professor Joseph Black
1728–1799

Student 1744–1752
Lecturer in Chemistry 1756–1766
Professor of Medicine 1757–1766
Discoverer of Latent Heat, at the Old College, High Street

University of Glasgow
Joseph Black Building
University Place
Glasgow
55°52′21″N4°17′38″W / 55.872507°N 4.293950°W / 55.872507; -4.293950
2009 (2009) 11166
Professor Joseph Black
1728–1799

Graduate of Medicine 1754
Professor of Chemistry 1766–1799
Discovered the Properties of Fixed Air (Carbon Dioxide)
Promoter of the Scottish Chemical Industry

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road
Edinburgh
2009 (2009)

Northern Ireland

SubjectInscriptionLocationYear installedPhotoOpen Plaques
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Thomas Andrews
1813–1885

Close to this site, in 1869, Andrews discovered the 'critical tempterature' for the liquefaction of carbon dioxide, the basis of cryogenics and of low temperature chemistry and physics

Queen's University Belfast
University Road
Belfast
2013 (2013)The plaque is indoors. [44]

Wales

SubjectInscriptionLocationYear installedPhotoOpen Plaques
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Professor
Edward Hughes  [ Wikidata ]
1906–1963

Professor Edward (Ted) D Hughes FRS, who conducted ground breaking work on kinetics and mechanisms in organic chemistry 1943–48, played a prominent role in the 125 year history (1884–2009) of Chemistry at Bangor.

Gwnaeth yr Athro Edward (Ted) D Hughes FRS waith arloesol ar gineteg a mecanwaith ym maes cemeg organig rhwng 1943 a 1948, gan chwarae rhan amiwg yn hanes cemeg ym Mangor (1884–2009)

School of Chemistry
Bangor University
Bangor, Gwynedd
2009 (2009) Bangor University Plaque.jpg [45]

International

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August Kekulé
1829–1896

Recognising his pioneering work at Ghent University (1858–1867) on structural and organic aromatic chemistry

Ghent University
Aula Ugent
Voldersstraat 9
9000
Gent
Belgium
2011 (2011) [46]
Académie de Sciences, Paris

In tribute to the Institut de France for honouring British Chemist Sir Humphry Davy in 1808 and encouraging the international exchange of scientific knowledge.

2008 (2008) [47]

Other

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Edward Frankland and Henry Enfield Roscoe

Sir Edward Frankland PhD FRS Professor of Chemistry 1851–1857 Organometallic compounds. Bonding and Valency. Water Analysis First President of the Institute of Chemistry. Sir Henry Enfield Rosecoe BA PhD FRS Professor of Chemistry 1857–1886 Vanadium. Photochemistry. Spectroscopy. First President of the Society of Chemical Industry Active in the transfer of Owens College from this building to Oxford Road in 1873 and in the foundation of the Victory University in 1880

former County Court,
Quay Street
Manchester
53°28′43″N2°15′07″W / 53.478594°N 2.251999°W / 53.478594; -2.251999
 () RSC plaque, Former County Court, Quay Street, Manchester.JPG 963
The development of penicillin
1928–1945

In 1928, at St. Mary's Hospital, London, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. This discovery led to the introduction of antibiotics that greatly reduced the number of deaths from infection. Howard W. Florey, at the University of Oxford working with Ernst B. Chain, Norman G. Heatley and Edward P. Abraham, successfully took penicillin from the laboratory to the clinic as a medical treatment in 1941. The large-scale development of penicillin was undertaken in the United States of America during the 1939–1945 World War, led by scientists and engineers at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory of the US Department of Agriculture, Abbott Laboratories, Lederle Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc., Chas. Pfizer & Co. Inc., and E.R. Squibb & Sons. The discovery and development of penicillin was a milestone in twentieth century pharmaceutical chemistry.

St Mary's Hospital
Praed Street
W2 1NY
London
1999 (1999)Erected jointly with American Chemical Society
[48]
Joseph Priestley

On this site in the former New Meeting House Joseph Priestley LLD FRS scholar, scientist, theologian and discoverer of oxygen ministered to his congregation from 1870 to 1791

St Michael's Church
New Meeting Street
Birmingham
52°28′48″N1°53′33″W / 52.4799600°N 1.892589°W / 52.4799600; -1.892589
1980 (1980) Blue plaque - Joseph Priestley - New Meeting Street Birmingham - Andy Mabbett.png 1596 Erected jointly with Birmingham Civic Society
John Dalton

John Dalton 1766–1844 taught natural philosophy and mathematics at the Academy on this site 1793–1800. His Atomic Theory was first presented on 21 October 1803 to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society of which he was President 1816–1844

Peace Garden
Manchester
53°28′43″N2°14′34″W / 53.47856°N 2.24272°W / 53.47856; -2.24272
2003 (2003) John Dalton blue plaque in Manchester.jpg 968

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