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Van 't Hoff en de roep uit Leipzig in 1887 (2018)


When in June 1887 the Dutch physical-chemist J.H. van ’t Hoff was invited to accept a position at the renowned University of Leipzig, this resulted in a frenzy of activity Amsterdam, where friends, colleagues, students and politicians tried to convince Van ‘t Hoff to stay. Just three weeks later, the municipal authorities made a considerable sum of money available for the construction of a new chemistry laboratory causing Van `t Hoff to give in and remain loyal to his native country. For Van ‘t Hoff the invitation from Leipzig had an unfortunate consequence when four months later, rumours started to circulate that there had never been an offer from Leipzig at all. He was accused of cheating the Municipal Authorities of Amsterdam. Thus, he was obliged to defend his case by going to Germany in person and obtain written proof. The episode illustrates some of the tensions inherent in late nineteenth century Dutch cultural nationalism. The Dutch scientific community craved for international recognition but simultaneously frowned upon those who acted upon such recognition by accepting foreign offers.

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Authors & Contributors
Snelders, Henricus Adrianus Marie
Steinberg, Holger
Schlote, Karl-Heinz
Cressman, Darryl
Bauchner, Joshua
Declercq, Robrecht
Dahlemer Archivgespräche
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Reihe
Tijdschrift voor de Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde, Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Techniek
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Physics in Perspective
Evangelische Verlagsanstalt
Amsterdam University Press
Physical chemistry
Clinical psychology
Hoff, Jacobus Henricus van't
Wundt, Wilhelm Max
Neumann, Carl Gottfried
Heinroth, Johann Christian August
Ostwald, Friedrich Wilhelm
Laar, Johannes Jacobus van
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Leipzig (Germany)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Edinburgh (Scotland)
Universität Leipzig
University of Edinburgh

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