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British Science Week – Sherlock Holmes and Chemistry

March 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sherlock Holmes and Chemistry

14 March 2016, 2.00pm

Jackson Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS

On 14th March, as part of British Science Week, our member Dr Tobias Gruber will speak on Sherlock Holmes and Chemistry at the University of Lincoln, where he is Senior Lecturer in Supramolecular & Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Crystallography & Polymorphism (yes, honestly) at the School of Pharmacy. Members will recall that Dr Gruber delivered the 2014 Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture: ‘Our Chambers Were Always Full of Chemicals’ – Holmes and Chemistry.

Full details are at the British Science Week website at https://www.britishscienceweek.org/event/sherlock-holmes-chemistry/, which tells us that Dr Gruber will illustrate the close relation of chemical synthesis as well as analysis and the science of deduction. Additionally, he will give us an insight into some chemical occurrences in the canon and trace Holmes’ name in the scientific literature. Has Holmes been a great detective solely because he has been a great chemist? Or vice versa? After a short introduction into Sherlock Holmes, the lecture will deliver explanations (and suggest improvements) for the Sherlock Holmes blood test, looks into Holmes’ own research topic: coal tar derivatives and will hunt down the photochemistry behind The Hound of the Baskervilles. And much more…

Please note this is for Post-16 audience only due to content.

Admission is free, but booking is required. Email Jstacey@lincoln.ac.uk for a place, or phone 01522 835719.


March 14, 2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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University of Lincoln
Jackson Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building, Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS United Kingdom
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