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By Marelene Rayner-Canham,Geoff Rayner-Canham

Chemistry is often concept to were a masculine topic in secondary colleges – one at which boys excelled and women had restricted curiosity. during this groundbreaking paintings Marelene and Geoff Rayner-Canham exhibit that from the 1820s to the Nineteen Thirties chemistry instructing flourished in women’ self sufficient faculties in Britain. operating in well-equipped labs, generations of inspirational academics imparted an enduring fascination for the topic of their scholars, a lot of whom grew to become academics or specialist chemists themselves. For a number of purposes that the authors examine, this custom tailed off earlier than the second one global conflict, and a proud historical past was once forgotten even within the faculties the place it had as soon as flourished. The fruit of years of analysis within the files of dozens of colleges, the authors current a wealthy and multifaceted account that finds the hidden background of a landmark fulfillment within the schooling of women.

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