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Chemists Dinner 7th January 2016

The event is designed for members of Christ Church who read or taught Chemistry at the House, or who carried out research in Chemistry under the umbrella of Christ Church as their graduate College. Other members of the House who have strong links with the Chemists are also most welcome to join the event.


16:30 Talk by Allan Chapman on the Early Days of Science and Chemistry at Christ Church
18:00 Evensong
19:00 Sparkling Wine Reception
19:45 Dinner


Allan Chapman is a historian of science at Oxford University, based at Wadham College, and since 2009 a Member of Christ Church SCR, with special interests in the history of astronomy and of medicine and the relationship between science and Christianity. He is the author of 13 books, over 130 academic papers, and numerous popular articles, and has made several television programmes. He has been awarded honorary doctorates for his work in the history of astronomy by the University of Central Lancashire (2004) and Salford University (2010), and in 2014 received an 'Outstanding Alumnus' award from Lancaster University. This year, 2015, he was presented with the Jackson-Gwilt Medal by the Royal Astronomical Society - the first time since its inauguration in 1897 that the medal has been awarded to a historian of astronomy. His books include: Dividing the Circle: The History of Precise Angular Measurement in Astronomy, 1500-1850 (Ellis Horwood 1990, Wiley-Praxis 1995); The Victorian Amateur Astronomer: Independent Astronomical Research in Britain 1820-1920 (Wiley-Praxis 1998); England’s Leonardo. Robert Hooke and the Seventeenth-Century Scientific Revolution (Institute of Physics 2005); Robert Hooke and the English Renaissance (co-edited with Paul Kent, Gracewing 2005); and Stargazers: Copernicus, Galileo, the Telescope, and the Church. The Astronomical Renaissance, 1500-1700 (Lion Hudson 2014).