Cool Jobs: People with a taste for chemistry

Chemists contribute to food flavorings, fuel extraction and everything in between

By Catherine M. Cooney, 12:55 PM May 30, 2012



This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.


People have always looked to chemistry as a means to improve lives. Some 500 to 1,500 years ago, European chemists of the Middle Ages attempted to unlock the key to living forever. Some of these scientists, then known as alchemists, also tried to find a single cure for all diseases and a way to transform cheap metals into gold.


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