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Scaling Up: The Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Rise of a New Profession

Divall, C., and Johnston, S.F. (2000) Scaling Up: The Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Rise of a New Profession. Series: Chemists and chemistry, 20 . Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN 9780792366928

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Abstract

Chemical engineering - as an acknowledged profession and an academic discipline - is scarcely a century old. Yet from a contested existence before the First World War, chemical engineering had become one of the 'big four' engineering professions in Britain, and a major contributor to Western economies, by the end of the twentieth century. The subject had distinct national trajectories. In Britain - too long seen as shaped by American experiences - the emergence of recognised chemical engineers was the result of professional aspirations and contingency, and shaped by a shifting ecology of institutions, firms and government. Drawing upon extensive archival research, this book examines the evolution of technical practice, working environment and social interactions of chemical engineering.

Item Type:Book
Keywords:Chemical engineering, professionalization, engineering history, ecology of professions, occupation, discipline
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s):Johnston, Prof Sean
Authors: Divall, C., and Johnston, S.F.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Publisher:Kluwer Academic

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