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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 Drawing on a wide set of published and unpublished sources – laboratory notebooks, travel diaries, letters, and drawings – I will delve deeper into their collaboration, showing how Paulze-Lavoisier appropriated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
Beretta, Marco
Vidal, Mary
Fara, Patricia
Peumery, Jean-Jacques
Frercks, Jan
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
The Chemical Educator
Journal of the History of Ideas
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Nagoya Kogyo Daigaku gakuho
H. Champion
American Chemical Society
Società Napoletana di Storia Patria
Women in science
Science and gender
Laboratory notebooks
Lavoisier, Marie-Anne Paulze
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Kirwan, Richard
David, Jacques Louis
Rouelle, Guillaume-François
Diderot, Denis
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
United States
Great Britain
Naples (Italy)

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