Volume 85 Issue 46 | p. 51 | C&EN Talks With
Issue Date: November 12, 2007

Armand Lattes

The French Chemical Society's outgoing president celebrates the group's 150th birthday
Department: Science & Technology

JUST BEFORE DUSK on June 4, 1857, four chemists gathered in a café in the Latin Quarter of Paris. They were a motley crew. One worked in the dye industry, another was a graduate student. They wanted a place to talk shop, but no chemistry club existed. So they took matters into their own hands, and at 8:30 PM that evening the Chemical Society of Paris was formed.

This year the club, which evolved into . . .

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