Société chimique de France

The Société Chimique de France (SCF) is a learned society and professional association founded in 1857 to represent the interests of French chemists in a variety of ways in local, national and international contexts.[1] Until 2009 the organization was known as the Société Française de Chimie.

Société Chimique de France
TypeLearned society
  • France
Official language


The Society traces its origins back to an organization of young Parisian chemists who began meeting in May 1857 under the name Société Chimique, with the goal of self-study and mutual education. In 1858 the established chemist Adolphe Wurtz joined the society, and immediately transformed it into a learned society modeled after the Chemical Society of London, which was the precursor of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Like its British counterpart, the French association sought to foster the communication of new ideas and facts throughout France and across international borders.[2]


Support for the Bulletin de la Société Chimique de Paris began in 1858.

In the 21st century, the society has become a member of ChemPubSoc Europe, which is an organization of 16 European chemical societies. This European consortium was established in the late 1990s as many chemical journals owned by national chemical societies were amalgamated.[3] In 2010 they started, their news and information service for chemists and other scientists worldwide.

Prizes and awards

The society acknowledges individual achievement with prizes and awards, including:

  • Louis Ancel Prize
  • Raymond Berr Prize
  • Lavoisier Medal of the Société Chimique de France is awarded to a person or institution in order to distinguish the work or actions which have enhanced the perceived value of chemistry in society.[5]

See also


  1. Société Chimique de France (SCF), Mission Archived 2010-04-09 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2011-06-08.
  2. Lagowski, J. J. (1991). "A British Sesquicentennial," Journal of Chemical Education, Vol 68, No. 1, p. 1; acknowledging the sesquicentennial of The Chemical Society in London, which eventually became the Royal Society of Chemistry; retrieved 2011-06-08.
  3. ChemPubSoc Europe, mission; participating societies
  4. Canal-U: "Chimie et création. Du moléculaire au supramoléculaire" Auteurs, Jean-Marie Lehn
  5. SCF, Lauréats de la médaille Lavoisier Archived 2010-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Colorants Industry History, William H. Perkin
  7. Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1912, Victor Grignard bio notes
  8. Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1914, Theodore Richards bio notes
  9. Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1956: Cyril Hinshelwood bio notes
  10. Janus, Papers of Lord Todd, GBR/0014/TODD
  11. Center for Oral History. "Rudolf Signer". Science History Institute.
  12. Koeppel, Tonja (30 September 1986). Rudolf Signer, Transcript of an Interview Conducted by Tonja Koeppel at Berne, Switzerland on 30 September 1986 (PDF). Philadelphia, PA: The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry.
  13. Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Karl Ziegler bio notes
  14. Center for Oral History. "Paul B. Weisz". Science History Institute.
  15. Bohning, James J. (27 March 1995). Paul B. Weisz, Transcript of an Interview Conducted by James J. Bohning at State College, Pennsylvania on 27 March 1995 (PDF). Philadelphia, PA: Chemical Heritage Foundation.
  16. Caltech, Rudolph Marcus CV Archived 2010-06-07 at the Wayback Machine
  17. Center for Oral History. "Fred W. McLafferty". Science History Institute.
  18. Grayson, Michael A. (23 January 2007). Fred W. McLafferty, Transcript of Interviews Conducted by Michael A. Grayson at Cornell University Ithaca, New York on 22 and 23 January 2007 (PDF). Philadelphia, PA: Chemical Heritage Foundation.
  19. "Médaille Lavoisier". Département de chimie (in French). 11 April 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
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