Free radicals in the European periphery: 'Translating' organic chemistry from Zurich to Barcelona in the early twentieth century

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Abstract

In 1915, after acquiring first-hand knowledge of the new free radical chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Antonio García Banús (1888-1955) became professor of organic chemistry at the University of Barcelona and created his own research group, which was to last from 1915 until 1936. He was a gifted teacher and a prolific writer who attempted to introduce international scientific standards into his local environment. This paper analyses the bridges that Banús built between the experimental culture of organic chemistry at the ETH and the University of Barcelona. It presents a case study which aims to provide new historical data for the general analysis of groups who conducted their work in the European periphery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-191
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Science
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004

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