Story: Physics, chemistry and mathematics

100 years of chemistry, 1965

This film clip shows how alcohol was detected using a spectrometer and measured in a person's blood using a gas chromatograph in the 1960s. It is from a Pictorial Parade film featuring the centenary of the chemistry division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) in 1965 – 100 years since the founding of the Colonial Laboratory in 1865. In 1965 the DSIR's chemistry division had recently moved to new facilities at Gracefield in Lower Hutt. 

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 170. National Film Unit, 1965

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Rebecca Priestley, 'Physics, chemistry and mathematics - New Zealand research institutions, 1870s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 22 Oct 2014