Charlotte Abney Salomon

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PhD Candidate
Research Areas: 
History of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology; History of technology; Scandinavian history; Revolutionary Europe


Charlotte’s research at Yale focuses on chemistry and mineralogy in Sweden at the turn of the nineteenth century. Her dissertation, provisionally titled “Products of the Mineral Kingdom: Mineralogy in Sweden, 1750-1820,” examines the relationships between the Scandinavian and broader European and Atlantic scientific communities in the revolutionary era, the history of scientific instruments and technology, and the nature and popularization of scientific discovery, in particular the discoveries of elements. Her research has been supported by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the MacMillan Center, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation. She was awarded the 2015 SHS Award for Best Graduate Student Paper in History from the Society of Historians of Scandinavia and the 2015 Aurora Borealis Prize from the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study for Best Graduate Student Paper in Area Studies, both for her presentation, “Defining the Swedish Landscape: The Geological Travelogues of Wilhelm Hisinger.” 

Charlotte graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University in 2003 with a B.S. in Journalism, having also received a European Diploma in International Journalism from the Danish School of Journalism in 2002, and earned an M.A. in Scandinavian History from Linköping University in Sweden in 2004. She subsequently taught middle school science and high school chemistry for six years before returning to graduate school. At Yale, she has worked for over two years as an assistant in the collections and rare books at the Medical Historical Library and as a graduate affiliate in Grace Hopper College.