Article ID: CBB386302525

Unwise Relationships and an Unsound Valence Theory: The Chemical Career of Robert Fergus Hunter (1904–1963) (2021)

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The life of the Imperial College-trained Robert Fergus Hunter (1904–1963) was a Bildungsroman of a gifted chemist who appeared destined for a prominent academic career in organic chemistry. Two circumstances spoiled his chances. In the first place, he became associated with the declining fortunes of the weekly Chemical News. More seriously, as a professor at the Aligarh Muslim University in British India (1930–1936), he published papers on valence theory with the German-Jewish physicist Rudolf Samuel that fatally destroyed his chance of further academic preferment. Instead he became a research chemist in the food and plastics industries. The paper critically assesses Hunter's work on valence and also provides new light on science in India during the 1930s.

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Authors & Contributors
Mainz, Vera V.
Strom, E. Thomas
Leegwater, Arie
Phillips, David
Barber, James
Kingston, William
Journals
Social Studies of Science
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
History and Anthropology
Eighteenth-Century Studies
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Publishers
American Chemical Society
Imperial College Press
University of Chicago Press
Bloomsbury Academic
World Scientific
Harvard University Press
Concepts
Scientists
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Biographies
Professional qualifications; status; remuneration
Chemistry
Great Britain, colonies
People
Coulson, Charles Alfred
Porter, George, Sir
Waksman, Selman Abraham
Gorer, Geoffrey
Bena, Feral
Davy, Humphry
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
Places
India
United States
Germany
Great Britain
Italy
Spain
Institutions
Asiatic Society (Asiatick Society)
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
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