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Volume 41, Issue 3


Women’s Increasing Responsibilities in IUPAC since 1975

Nicole Moreau
Published Online: 2019-06-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0317


IUPAC was founded in 1919, but it was in 1911 that the International Association of Chemical Societies, IACS, considered as the precursor of the Union, was created. A look at the picture of the third meeting of IACS, held in 1913 in Brussels [1], makes obvious the absence of any woman—and the quasi-absence of any man without a beard or a moustache! A look at the population of women in IUPAC fifty years later showed the same situation, although by then beards and moustaches had lost ground. A thorough examination of the composition of IUPAC’s Divisions and Committees reveals a few women members before 1975 [2]. In the 70s and early 80s, the presence of a few women become noticeable. The names of these women, with their position and years of membership are tabulated here in chronological order by their initial membership on Divisions or Committees. Until 1990, all women are included in the table. From 1990 to 2010, only those with Titular Member (TM) status are listed, and after 2010 only those involved in the Bureau (BU), either as division president (DP), standing committee chair (SCC), or elected member (EM) and officer.


  • 1.

    See B. Van Tiggelen and D. Fauque, The Formation of the International Association of Chemical Society, Chem. Int., 34/1 (Jan.-Feb. 2012), 8-11, see p.10. https://doi.org/10.1515/ci.2012.34.1.8

  • 2.

    Membership sources in Comptes rendus des Conférences internationale de la chimie, années 1920-1975.Google Scholar

  • 3.

    See A. Lykknes, this issue, p. 26.Google Scholar

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Nicole Moreau

Nicole J. Moreau < > was IUPAC president in 2010–2011. Prior, she has been a member of the Bureau since 2000 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2006. After her involvement in IUPAC and till recently, she was a member on the Executive Board of ICSU, now known as the International Science Council.

Published Online: 2019-06-14

Published in Print: 2019-07-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 41, Issue 3, Pages 53–55, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0317.

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