Department of Chemistry History

History Overview  

Noyes Lab Historical The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois has a rich history that can be traced back to the founding of the University, then known as the Illinois Industrial University. Over its nearly 150 year history, the department has expanded from a basement lab to four buildings, been the site of some of the most important chemical breakthroughs of the last century, and has counted eleven Nobel Prize winners amongst its faculty, fellows, and alumni.


The Department of Chemistry will celebrate its sesquicentennial on October 6th and 7th, 2017


New film honors Native American activist Carlos Montezuma

Carlos Montezuma was the first Native American to acheive a BS in chemistry which he did in 1884 from the University of Illinois. Click on the link above to view the 30 minute documentary of his extraordinary life.