Up from Generality

How Inorganic Chemistry Finally Became a Respectable Field

  • Jay A.┬áLabinger

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry book sub series (BRIESFHISTCHEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jay A. Labinger
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jay A. Labinger
    Pages 17-31
  4. Jay A. Labinger
    Pages 49-62
  5. Jay A. Labinger
    Pages 63-71
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 73-77

About this book


In this brief, renowned inorganic chemist Jay Labinger tracks the development of his field from a forgotton specialism to the establishment of an independent, intellectually viable discipline. Inorganic chemistry, with a negation in its very name, was long regarded as that which was left behind when organic and physical chemistry emerged as specialist fields in the 19th century. Only by the middle of the 20th century had it begun to gain its current stature of equality to that of the other main branches of chemistry. The author discusses the evidence for this transition, both quantitative and anecdotal and includes consideration of the roles of local and personal factors, with particular focus on Caltech as an illustrative example. This brief is of interest both to historians of science and inorganic chemists who would like to find out how their field began.


American Inorganic Chemists Chemistry at Caltech Chemistry in US Academia Discipline Formation Donald Yost History of Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Mechanism in Chemistry Organometallic Chemistry

Authors and affiliations

  • Jay A.┬áLabinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Beckmann InstituteCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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