Human chemist

In science, a human chemist, similar to "sociochemist", "human social chemistry", or human physicochemist, is a person who studies human chemistry or the chemistry of reactions between people.

In 1914, English-born American engineer William Fairburn, in his Human Chemistry, defined a person or foreman who runs a group, conceptualizing his workers as chemicals, as a human chemist; the following is an example excerpt: [1]

“As each chemical element is an entity, differing and distinct from any other, so is each human element and entity and a personality, which, when guided by a human chemist to do work and perform his peculiar function in life, feels and acquires what no inert substance can ever acquire, namely moral stimulus of responsibility. No chemical element is in a state of harmony unless it is in contact with other elements or influences which do not antagonize or irritate, and no human chemical or worker can ever by truly happy in his work unless he is fitted by nature for the work which he is performing, and unless his general temperament are in harmony with his specific duties and environment.”

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In 2005, American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims introduced the related term: human thermodynamicist, defined as one who thermodynamically studies humans. [2]

1. Fairburn, William Armstrong. (1914). Human Chemistry (human chemist, pgs. 2-3). The Nation Valley Press, Inc.
2. Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (pg. 654). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.

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