Origins of organic geochemistry

Organic Geochemistry



When organic geochemistry actually began as a recognized geoscience is a matter of definition and perspective. Constraints on its beginning are placed by the historical development of its parent disciplines, geology and organic chemistry. These disciplines originated independently and developed in parallel, starting in the latter half of the 18th century and flourishing thereafter into the 21st century. Organic geochemistry began sometime between 1860 and 1983; I argue that 1930 is the best year to mark its origin.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Origins of organic geochemistry
Series title Organic Geochemistry
DOI 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2008.02.017
Volume 39
Issue 8
Year Published 2008
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Organic Geochemistry
First page 905
Last page 909
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