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Volume 41, Issue 1


IUPAC and the Periodic Table

G.J. Leigh
Published Online: 2019-01-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0102


The Periodic Table is now regarded as such a fundamental part of current chemical research and teaching that it is salutary to learn that this prominence is a relatively recent development. IUPAC was established in its present form in 1919, but the roots of the Table go back much further. The general realization of the value of the Periodic Table to rationalize and teach chemistry has only come about since the new flowering of inorganic chemistry, which can be dated to the 1960s. Today the most popular form of the Table and its updating and dissemination owe much to IUPAC, though this was not always the case.


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About the article

G.J. Leigh

G. Jeff Leigh is Professor Emeritus at The University of Sussex. His major research interest was in the chemistry of nitrogen fixation. He has contributed to IUPAC as a member and President of Inorganic Division II, as a member of the Commission for the Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry (CNIC), as editor of the 1990 Red Book, and as originator and editor of Principles of Chemical Nomenclature, the last version dating from 2011. He has written several articles over many years for Chemistry International.

Published Online: 2019-01-07

Published in Print: 2019-01-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 41, Issue 1, Pages 6–9, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0102.

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