Article ID: CBB000410706

Free Radicals in the European Periphery: “Translating” Organic Chemistry from Zurich to Barcelona in the Early Twentieth Century (2004)


In 1915, after acquiring first-hand knowledge of the new free radical chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Antonio García Banús (1888-1955) became professor of organic chemistry at the University of Barcelona and created his own research group, which was to last from 1915 until 1936. He was a gifted teacher and a prolific writer who attempted to introduce international scientific standards into his local environment. This paper analyses the bridges that Bans built between the experimental culture of organic chemistry at the ETH and the University of Barcelona. It presents a case study which aims to provide new historical data for the general analysis of groups who conducted their work in the European periphery.


Description Part of a special collection on History of Chemistry in Spain. (List provided by Ignacio Suay-Matallana in December 2017.)

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