Geoff Rayner-Canham, B.Sc., D.I.C., Ph.D.
Professor

 

 
 

History of Science Research

  Much of Dr. Rayner-Canham's recent research has focussed on the history of science, particularly the work of women in early modern science, and most of this research has been performed in collaboration with Ms. Marelene Rayner-Canham. Their first book was on the life and work of the Canadian pioneer, Harriet Brooks: Harriet Brooks: Pioneer Nuclear Scientist.

The Rayner-Canham's are senior authors and editors of a more broader overview of the role of women in the study of early radioactivity A Devotion to Their Science: Pioneer Women of Radioactivity which they followed with a history of women in chemistry, Women in Chemistry: From Alchemy to the Mid-Twentieth Century. Their current research is focussing on the pioneering British women chemists, and they have written an overview on the topic, Chemistry was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949.

Books
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, Chemistry was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949, Imperial College Press, London, 2008.
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, Women in Chemistry: Their Changing Roles from Alchemical Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century, American Chemical Society, Washington, 1998.
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, A Devotion to Their Science: Pioneer Women of Radioactivity. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 1997. Publication supported by grants from the Memorial University Subvention Fund and from the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Harriet Brooks - Pioneer Nuclear Scientist, M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, McGill-Queen‘s University Press, 1992. Publication supported by a grant from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities.

Selected Publications
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Forgotten Pioneers,” Chemistry World, 8(12), 41 (2011).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “The Teaching of Domestic Chemistry in England in the early 20th Century,” Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 36(1), 35-42 (2011).M.F. M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “British Women, Chemistry, and Poetry: Some Contextual Examples from the 1870s to the 1940s,” Journal of Chemical Education, 88, 726-730 (2011).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Fight for Rights,” Chemistry World, 6(3), 56-59 (2009).
Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “British Women and Chemistry from the 16th to the mid-19th Century,” Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 34(2), 117-123 (2009).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “The Pioneering Women Chemists of Bedford College, London,” Education in Chemistry, 43(3), 77-79 (2006).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Pounding on the Doors: The Fight for the Acceptance of British Women Chemists,” Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 28(2), 110-119 (2003).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Muriel Wheldale Onslow (1880-1932): Pioneer Plant Biochemist,” The Biochemist, 24(2), 49-51 (April 2002).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Harriet Brooks: The Story Behind the Story,” Phys13 News, 4-7 (Fall 2001) and Chem13 News, 8-11 (February 2002).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Stefanie Horovitz, Ellen Gleditsch, Ada Hitchins, and the Discovery of Isotopes,” Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 25(2), 103-108 (2000).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Women’s Work,” Education in Chemistry, 37, 103-104, 109 (2000).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “A Tale of Two Spouses,” Chemistry in Britain, 35 (October), 45-46 (1999).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “British Women Chemists and the First World War,” M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, (23), 20-27 (1999).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Hoppy’s Ladies,” Chemistry in Britain, 35 (January), 47-49 (1999).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Fanny Cook Gates, Physicist (1872-1931): A Lesson from the Past,” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 3(1-2), 53-64 (1997).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “The Gretna garrison,” Chemistry in Britain, 32 (March), 37-41 (1996).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Women in Chemistry: Participation during the early Twentieth Century,” Journal of Chemical Education, 73, 203-205 (1996).
M.F. Rayner-Canham and G.W. Rayner-Canham, “Women‘s Fields of Chemistry: 1900-1920,” Journal of Chemical Education, 73, 136-138 (1996).
G.W. Rayner-Canham and M.F. Rayner-Canham, “A Chemist of Some Repute,” Chemistry in Britain, 29 (March), 206-208 (1993).

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