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Open Access Alfred Werner's Role in the mid-20th Century Flourishing of American Inorganic Chemistry

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The development of organic and physical chemistry as specialist fields, during the middle and end of the 19th century respectively, left inorganic behind as a decidedly less highly regarded subfield of chemistry. Despite Alfred Werner's groundbreaking studies of coordination chemistry in the early 20th century, that inferior status remained in place – particularly in the US – until the 1950s, when the beginnings of a resurgence that eventually restored its parity with the other subfields can be clearly observed. This paper explores the extent to which Werner's heritage – both direct, in the form of academic descendants, and indirect – contributed to those advances.

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Affiliations: California Institute of Technology, Beckman Institute, Pasadena, CA 90025, USA., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: May 1, 2014

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