Chemical Literature, Volume 13, Number 3, Fall 1961 Page: 3
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FIRST ACS CHEMICAL LITERATURE GROUP
Launched at its first general meeting on May 10,
the Delaware Valley ACS Chemical Literature Group
became the first such group to be organized within the
ACS. The Group, jointly sponsored by the Delaware and
Philadelphia Sections, is the counterpart, on the section
level, of the Division of Chemical Literature, on the
national level. Organization of the Group was the culmination
of the efforts of a few dedicated men who
recognized a need and then found the means and financial
support to do something about it.
Herman Skolnik, Chairman of the Division of
Chemical Literature and Chairman-Elect of the Delaware
Section, and H. K. Livingston, Chairman of the
Delaware Section, had felt for some time that there
might be sufficient local interest to justify a Chemical
Literature Group within the Delaware Section. During
December 1960, Herman Skolnik made a high-spot survey
among the Delaware Section members to determine how
many would be interested in such a group. The survey
revealed that approximately 75 were interested. As one
of the last acts of H. K. Livingston's administration,
formation of the Chemical Literature Group was authorized
and funds made available by the Delaware Section.
An organizational meeting in December, 1960,
was attended by H. K. Livingston, C. C. Conrad, F. R.
Benson, Paul Arthur, and Herman Skolnik, all from the
Delaware Section, and F. A. Tate of the Philadelphia
Section. The possibility of joint sponsorship, thus was
considered from the beginning. Herman Skolnik was
selected Chairman and C. C. Conrad Secretary-Treasurer
with the responsibility of planning a meeting of the
Group in the Spring of 1961, at which a nominating committee
(F. R. Benson, Chairman) was to present a slate
of officer candidates.
Another organizational meeting was held in
January at which representatives from the Philadelphia
and South Jersey Sections were present. Plans were
confirmed for the Spring meeting and a basis of cooperation
among the three Sections was established.
On Wednesday, May 10, 1961, about 85 members
of the Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Delaware Sections
attended the first meeting of the Delaware Valley
Chemical Literature Group in the American Viscose
Corporation auditorium in Marcus Hook.
Dr. G. Malcolm Dyson, Director of Research,
Chemical Abstracts Service, spoke on "Fundamentals
of Mechanized Chemical Documentation". His talk was
illustrated by reference to the system of chemical notation
which he devised and which is used at Chemical
Abstracts in their machine handling of chemical information,
and to other literature aids now in preparation at
At the May 10th meeting, Dr. C. C. Conrad,
DuPont textile fibers department, was elected Chairman
of the Group for 1961-62; Dr. Fred A. Tate, Wyeth
Laboratories, Philadelphia, Chairman-Elect, and Benn
E. Clouser, Hercules Powder Company, SecretaryTreasurer.
Two or three meetings a year are contemplated
at which internationally known literature chemists will
be invited to speak on research and new developments
in chemical documentation.
DID YOU KNOW?
A record breaking total of 75,000 new chemical
compounds was reported by the world's chemists in 1960.
Approximately one-quarter of the new chemicals,
19,000, were made by American scientists. Iron Curtain
chemists reported approximately 9,000 new chemicals,
while the Japanese accounted for almost 7,000 compounds.
Other top chemical-producing countries include
England and Germany.
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