Today, M Pilar Gil from the Special Collections Division of the library will be giving a paper at the International Symposium Setting their Table: Women and the Periodic Table of Elements in Murcia, Spain. The paper will outline the recent discovery in St Andrews of possibly the oldest Periodic Table and the work that has gone into dating and determining the provenance of this table making reference to the relevance of the Periodic Table on how the teaching of chemistry was done at the time and its links to major Scottish chemists such as Thomas Purdie.
This symposium proposes to address the contribution of women to the history of the development of the Periodic Table, which has been so frequently overlooked in the past, and consider the achievements of women in chemistry today. The event will start on the International Day for Women and Girls in Sciences (11 February).
More about the discovery of this important item and the research Pilar has carried out into its provenance will be published on the blog very soon.