International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Activity by Daniel Rabinovich   |   added on Jan 14, 2011   |   International Official_iyc_logo

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A collection of IYC-related stamps issued during 2011.

Many countries and postal authorities will join in the celebrations of IYC by issuing postage stamps related to chemistry.  Topics may include famous chemists (e.g., Marie Curie) and their accomplishments, indutrial chemistry, molecules, glassware and, in general, the many ways in which the value and importance of chemistry to society can be recognized and promoted.  This activity will strive to provide a platform for keeping the general public informed of all new IYC stamps issued in 2011 and a resource for educators and postage stamp enthusiasts alike.

Topic: celebrating chemistry, conferences, chemistry education, seminars, educational materials, chemistry, art, philately, stamp collecting, physics, hobbies, stamp Audience: students, professional chemists, professors, educators, general public, industrial chemists, post graduate students, universities, teachers, research scientists, women chemists, decision makers, educational institutions, tertiary education, secondary school students, secondary schools, school children, high schools, graduate students, secondary schools students


Daniel Rabinovich | Feb 07, 2011 06:13AM

Well, here's a first update on reliable information I have at hand:

The first IYC stamps, a nice pair from Israel that feature the molecular structures of ubiquitin and the ribosome and honor the Israeli scientists that contributed to the elucidation of  their structures and function (and received Nobel Prizes in Chemistry for their achievements), were issued on January 4th, 2011.

Daniel Rabinovich | Feb 07, 2011 06:24AM

Both Belgium and Slovakia issued IYC-themed stamps on January 17, 2011 (see attached photos).  Both stamps show the formulas of water and carbon dioxide, and the selvage of the one from Slovakia includes the IYC logo.

Daniel Rabinovich | Feb 07, 2011 06:31AM

Next is a stamp from France that features a "classic" portrait of Marie Curie in her laboratory, issued on January 17, 2011.

I believe Sri Lanka has also issued a chemistry-related stamp on January 30th, but I have not seen it yet.  Months ago I read somewhere that the plan was for five (!) different stamps, but I don't know how many were actually issued.  Any information to share with everyone at this site would be appreciated.

Daniel Rabinovich | Feb 08, 2011 07:36AM

I got today a jpg of the stamp from Sri Lanka (thanks to Linda Wang from C&E News...).

Daniel Rabinovich | Feb 27, 2011 03:57PM

I've added to the site high-resolution scans of the stamps from Belgium, Slovakia, Sri Lanka and Spain.  Enjoy.-

Daniel Rabinovich | Feb 27, 2011 06:23PM

Here's also a pretty good image of the Swiss stamp to be issued on March 3rd, and which is already available for purchase at the Swiss Post online philatelic store.

Daniel Rabinovich | Mar 06, 2011 04:24AM

Looks like the next country to issue IYC stamps will be Indonesia, with a pair of stamps due out on March 23rd. Thanks to Linda Wang, Associate Editor of C&E News, for the tip.-

Daniel Rabinovich | Mar 08, 2011 07:22AM

Well, it turns out the the "next" stamp is actually one from Jersey, a British Crown Dependency off the coast of Normandy in France.  The stamp features Marie Curie and is one of four in the "Women of Achievement" set issued TODAY (March 8, 2011).  The other three women on the set are Dame Margot Fonteyn (a notable English ballerina), Florence Nightingale (a celebrated nurse) and Mother Teresa (founder of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta).




Eric Scerri | Mar 14, 2011 03:44PM

Thanks for putting this collection together Dan. 

I share your love for postage stamps.  I found the Swiss stamp especially striking. 

Eric Scerri


Daniel Rabinovich | Mar 14, 2011 04:00PM

The two stamps from Indonesia were apparently issued ahead of schedule, on March 1.  I'll be posting the corresponding images soon.-

Daniel Rabinovich | Mar 14, 2011 04:09PM

Bosnia and Herzegovina has recently isued a stamp to celebrate the centennial of Marie Curie's Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1911).  However, the stamp makes no mention of the International Year of Chemistry....!  I will also be posting an image shortly.

Fabienne Meyers | Mar 15, 2011 12:42PM

Take a look at this review publised by C&EN on March 14, 2011:

Daniel Rabinovich | Mar 18, 2011 06:06AM

I've uploaded better (i.e., higher resolution) scans of the stamps from France, Switzerland and Jersey.  Still waiting for those from Indonesia & Bosnia and Herzegovina...

Steven Ardron | Mar 20, 2011 05:33PM

I've done a quick search of the websites of several European Postal Authorities that publish their stamp issue plans.  Romania (one stamp, May) and Poland (two stamps, November, in a block) are all that I could find. 

Norway, Estonia and Latvia, Hungary and Belarus don't seem to be covering the International Year of Chemistry. Sweden and Finalnd don't give any information on their future issues - at least, I couldn't find anything.

The Polish stamps ares also linked - liked the Bosnia & Herzegovina and Jersey issues - to the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry to Marie Curie.  

Daniel Rabinovich | Mar 28, 2011 03:45PM

The date of issue of the stamp from Bosnia & Herzegovina appears to have been March 8, but I still need to confirm this.  I'll post a better image as soon as available.-

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