Southern Nevada Section

Local Section Meeting October 21, 2011

Rediscovery of the Elements
James & Jenny Marshall

University of North Texas

Friday, October 21, 2011

5:30 PM Reception and Refreshments, 6:00 PM Presentation

EPA Auditorium

From Swenson take Harmon east to end of street, on left side.

Park where it says "EPA parking".

Las Vegas, Nevada 89146

Visitors are Welcome

Description: For the past decade years Jim and Jenny Marshall have been involved in "Rediscovery of the Elements," where they have traveled to the sites where the elements were originally found. These travels take them to old laboratories, mines, universities, museums, ancient buildings and houses -- mostly in Europe, where science was born several centuries ago and where the fundamentals of modern chemistry were developed. In their project Jim and Jenny have traveled and researched elements in over twenty countries in Europe, as well as Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.  In their presentation Jim and Jenny will present a brief tour of the types of adventures encountered during this research, spanning countries reaching from Scotland through France to Romania.


Biographies:  James L. Marshall gained his B.S. in chemistry at Indiana University in 1962, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Ohio State University in 1966. The following year Dr. Marshall joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Texas.  During the 1980s Dr. Marshall spent six years at Motorola, Inc.  In 1987 he returned to the University of North Texas where he conducted materials research; and in the 1990s he initiated research in chemical history. His research at UNT has resulted in over 200 publications, including a reference book on NMR, and several books on the history of chemistry and laboratory chemistry.  For the past ten years he and his wife (a retired member of the computer technology group of the Denton Texas Independent School District) have been developing an extensive work, "Rediscovery of the Elements," and in 2010 have completed their work and have prepared a DVD describing their travels and the results of their research. Their research was recently reviewed in NATURE (2005, 436(25), 1082-1083) and their work has recently won "Best Paper Award" in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry (in 2004).


 Speakers for Element Discovery.

A very popular told with the audience.