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Volume 41, Issue 3


Not an Epilogue, but a Commencement!

Brigitte Van Tiggelen
Published Online: 2019-06-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0319


To many non-native, or non-American, English speakers, the word “commencement” sounds like a strange choice to designate the end of a university curriculum. But then, all speeches and celebration talks given on commencement day focus on the future, and what students must take away from the years leading to graduation in a world full of opportunities, challenges, and unknowns. The same applies to our work on the history of IUPAC. It was started in the wake of the IUPAC 100th anniversary, and it will be mentioned among other presentations during the IUPAC centenary celebrations, but for both IUPAC and the writing of its history, 2019 does not mark an end but a beginning, a step on a path full of challenges and opportunities.

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Brigitte Van Tiggelen

Brigitte Van Tiggelen ( ) is Director of European Operations at the Science History Institute, USA.

Published Online: 2019-06-14

Published in Print: 2019-07-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 41, Issue 3, Pages 58–58, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0319.

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