Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry
) is a learned society
) in the United Kingdom
with the goal of "advancing the chemical
sciences". It was formed in 1980 from the amalgamation of the Chemical Society
, the Royal Institute of Chemistry
, the Faraday Society
, and the Society for Analytical Chemistry
with a new Royal Charter and the dual role of learned society and professional body. At its inception, the Society had a combined membership of 34,000 in the UK and a further 8,000 abroad.
The headquarters of the Society are at Burlington House
. It also has offices in Thomas Graham House in Cambridge
(named after Thomas Graham
, the first president of the Chemical Society
) where RSC Publishing
is based. The Society has offices in the United States
at the University City Science Center
, in both Beijing
The organisation carries out research, publishes journals
, books and databases, as well as hosting conferences, seminars and workshops. It is the professional body for chemistry in the UK, with the ability to award the status of Chartered Chemist
(CChem) and, through the Science Council the awards of Chartered Scientist (CSci), Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RScTech) to suitably qualified candidates. The designation FRSC is given to a group of elected Fellows of the society
who have made major contributions to chemistry and other interface disciplines such as biological chemistry. The names of Fellows are published each year in The Times
(London). Honorary Fellowship of the Society
("HonFRSC") is awarded for distinguished service in the field of chemistry.
The president is elected biennially and wears a badge in the form of a spoked wheel, with the standing figure of Joseph Priestley depicted in enamel, mainly in red and blue, on a hexagonal medallion in the centre. The rim of the wheel is gold, and the twelve spokes are of non-tarnishable metals.
The current president is Sir John Holman (2016–2018).
Past presidents of the society have been:
The following are membership grades with post-nominals (designatory letters):
The qualification GRSC (Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry) was awarded from 1981 to 1995 for completion of college courses equivalent to an honours chemistry degree and overseen by the RSC. It replaced the GRIC offered by the Royal Institute of Chemistry.
The society is organised around 9 divisions, based on subject areas, and local sections, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. Divisions cover broad areas of chemistry but also contain many special interest groups for more specific areas.
There are 12 subjects groups not attached to a division.
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