Chemical Heritage Foundation Names Carsten Reinhardt CEO

By Chemical Processing staff

Jun 05, 2013

Carsten Reinhardt, professor of the history of science at Bielefeld University, Germany, will become president and CEO of the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), effective Aug. 1. He will succeed Thomas R. Tritton, who is retiring.

Reinhardt was selected following a global search for a leader with a great depth of experience in the history of science, who could guide CHF to reach new audiences locally, nationally, and around the world, CHF said. He has extensively researched and published on the impact of chemistry on society through topics including the history of industrial research, the emergence of instrumentation, and chemistry’s links to physics, biology, medicine, and technology.

“Carsten comes to CHF with an illustrious career in the history of science,” said Laurie Landeau, chair of CHF’s board of directors. “In addition to his academic connections, he has connections across the chemical enterprise. He has worked with leaders in the chemical industry as well as in government. Under Carsten’s leadership, CHF will reach out to the entire world from Philadelphia, while maintaining and expanding both our local and national programs in the history of chemistry and early science.”

Reinhardt joined the faculty of Bielefeld University in 2007. In 2006–2007 he held a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Prior to that, he spent a decade as a professor at the University of Regensburg.

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