October 16, 2015 |
Philadelphia's Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Life Sciences Foundation, of San Francisco, both founded by retired University of Pennsylvania professor Arnold Thackray, said they plan to merge next month. The headquarters of the combined entity will be at the Chemical Heritage Foundation's museum and library on Chestnut Street in Old City, but the organization will retain offices on the West Coast. The Chemical Heritage Foundation, founded in 1982, had $5.4 million in revenue in the year ended June 30, 2014.
July 6, 2012 |
THE ASIAN ART Initiative pays tribute to the rich cultural identity and fusion of Asian and Western traditions with the large-scale instillation "Paper Play. " Jeonghan Yun and Choonhyang Yun's handmade, dyed bark sculptures reflect an appreciation for the order of nature and contemporary paper techniques. "The plasticity of tree, rock, mountain and creek shown through our body and mind are closely intermingled with our cultural background," Jeonghan said. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St., through Aug. 17. Reception 6 p.m. Friday.
June 19, 2000 |
Much of science in the modern sense began in the Middle Ages with alchemists' attempts to turn ordinary metals into gold. By the 19th century, alchemy had spawned chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, even dentistry. That connection was documented by artists of the day, whose works can soon be seen at the Chemical Heritage Foundation's newly renovated headquarters at Independence National Historical Park. In the collection of 500 works, science and art meet, and offer a visual, humanized look into the science of the 17th and 18th centuries.
July 14, 1998 |
In 1982, when the Chemical Heritage Foundation was a fledgling research organization starting out with only $50,000, it asked chemical engineers and experts around the country to serve as advisers on its "council of friends. " One of those who accepted the invitation was Donald F. Othmer, a chemical engineering professor at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, an unassuming scholar who originally hailed from Omaha, Neb. When Othmer died in 1995, he left the foundation - then in West Philadelphia - half of his estate.
October 3, 2008 |
Banks will fail, as we've been reminded a little too often lately. But their buildings can still go on to lead long and productive lives, especially when they're constructed to weather more than a passing financial storm. Such is the case with the former First National Bank at Third and Chestnut Streets, a grand old neoclassical survivor that today begins a new life as a museum devoted to the history of chemistry, run by the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The renovation, led by Peter Saylor of SaylorGregg Architects, is not only meant to restore grandeur to the historic Chestnut Street bank, but to the chemistry profession itself.
December 2, 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY may be the most familiar artistic discipline - every day we see photographs in newspapers, on Facebook, on billboards along the highway. Although most photography aims to document, not all photos are so explicit. Some photography provides us with a view of everyday objects and scenes so abstracted that we may not even recognize them. This month, LGTripp Gallery explores photography's multiple perspectives with "Focus," its fourth annual Abstract Photography exhibition. "Abstract photography is fueled by the desire to take an object and remove it from its original form," said Luella Tripp, gallery owner and curator.
May 20, 2010 |
Robert Lincoln McNeil Jr., the Philadelphia chemist who helped introduce the world to the best-selling painkiller Tylenol and later sold his family business to pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, died Thursday at the age of 94 of heart failure at his Wyndmoor home. A grandson of Robert McNeil, who founded the company that became McNeil Laboratories in a Kensington drugstore in 1879, McNeil Jr. also was a major patron of many cultural and educational institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of the Sciences and Yale University.
December 27, 1993 |
A new breed of research chemist is making some fascinating discoveries. Not in the laboratory, but in the library. Interest in the history of chemistry and those who played a role in its modern evolution is growing. So, too, are the numbers of people researching milestone events in the field, and collecting documents, personal recollections and memorabilia. "History has always had a fairly low priority in the minds of most chemical scientists," explained Lawrence B. Friedman, a chemist-turned- historian.
February 15, 2001 |
Charles C. Price 3d, 87, a retired research chemist and former professor at the Universities of Illinois, Notre Dame and Pennsylvania, died of complications from multiple strokes Sunday at the Quadrangle in Haverford. He formerly lived in Villanova. Dr. Price combined research and teaching for nearly 40 years before retiring in the late 1970s. During World War II, while completing postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois, he participated in research on equipment to remove chemical warfare agents from water, finding substitutes for quinine - an anti-malaria medicine - and improving synthetic-rubber production.
November 27, 2013 |
It's not every day that you have the opportunity to buy a 600-year-old cookbook. It's even rarer that the ancient handwritten recipes detail how to create the Philosopher's Stone - essential in transforming base metals into gold. So it's hardly a surprise that James R. Voelkel, rare-book curator at the Chemical Heritage Foundation , 315 Chestnut St., was intrigued to learn that Joost R. Ritman's Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, an Amsterdam library of philosophical arcana and "secrets," might bring a number of manuscripts to the market.