Research: Anthony S. Travis

Anthony S. Travis

is senior research fellow at the LBI and deputy director of the Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on the history of chemical technology in the 19th and 20th centuries. Currently he is undertaking research into the scientific work of the British chemist Raphael Meldola, a close friend of Heinrich Caro and other leading German-Jewish chemists, as well as of Charles Darwin. Travis has co-organised workshops on behalf of the Leo Baeck Institute. Collaborating organisations were the Edelstein Center,, the Einstein Center Humanities Division at Hebrew University, and the American Chemical Society. He is the author of six monographs, and over 100 articles, published in Israel, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia. He is recipient of the American Chemical Society’s History of Chemistry Division 2007 Edelstein Award for outstanding achievement in the history of chemistry.

Recent publications include:

– “A Woman in Biochemistry and Toxicology: The Polish-British Refugee Regina Schoental”, Bulletin for the History of Chemistry 34, no. 2 (2009).

– “Raphael Meldola, Field Naturalist, and the “several professors, a great many butterfly fanciers, and gentlemen who visited the Forest in pursuit of the insect tribe!” Essex Naturalist 26 (2009).

– On Chariots with Horses of Iron and Fire: The Excursionists and the Narrow Gauge Railroad from Jaffa to Jerusalem, Jerusalem: Magnes, 2009.

– “Images for Biological Research: The Theory and Practice of Paul Ehrlich”, in: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 30, no. 1, 2008.

– “What a Wonderful Empire is the Organic Chemistry”, in: Bulletin for the History of Chemistry 32, no. 1, 2008.

– “German-Jewish Chemists and Raphael Meldola: The 1906 Jubilee Celebration for the Discovery of the First Aniline Dye”,  in: Ulrich Charpa and Ute Deichmann (eds.) Jews and Sciences in German Contexts, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007, pp. 51-75.

– “Anilines: Historical Background”, “Manufacture and Uses of the Anilines: A Vast Array of Processes and Products” and “Toxicological and Environmental Aspects of Anilines”, in: Z. Rappoport (ed.) The Chemistry of Functional Groups: The Chemistry of Anilines, Chichester: Wiley, 2007.