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Becoming Visible: Marie-Anne Paulze-Lavoisier and the Campaign for the “New Chemistry” (1770s-1790s) (2022)


This paper examines an episode of the history of chemistry, the campaign for the promotion of so-called “new chemistry,” dating to the second half of the 1780s, to investigate the ways in which women could build their own reputation. I focus on the case of Marie-Anne Paulze-Lavoisier (1758–1836), today known as the wife and scientific associate of the French chemist Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794). Drawing on a wide set of published and unpublished sources – laboratory notebooks, travel diaries, letters, and drawings – I will delve deeper into their collaboration, showing how Paulze-Lavoisier appropriated the campaign for the new chemistry to appear as a visible actor in the scientific circles of the time. I will then highlight the multiple self-representations she produced while participating in these events.

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Authors & Contributors
Kawashima, Keiko
Serrano, Elena
Beretta, Marco
Mainz, Vera V.
Sandro Tirini
Antonelli, Francesca
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
The Chemical Educator
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Nagoya Kogyo Daigaku gakuho
Società Napoletana di Storia Patria
H. Champion
American Chemical Society
Women in science
Science and gender
Laboratory notebooks
Science and society
Lavoisier, Marie-Anne Paulze
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Kirwan, Richard
Du Châtelet, Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise
Séguin, Armand
Rouelle, Guillaume-François
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
21st century
20th century
Naples (Italy)
Madrid (Spain)
United States

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