WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced a resolution designating 2019 as the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.” A companion resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen John Moolenaar (R-Mich.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.).

This bipartisan, bicameral resolution highlights the importance of the discovery of the periodic table, and recognizes that our understanding of chemical elements can help to address challenges relating to water, food, health, security, and energy throughout the world.

“I’m proud to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in recognizing the 150th anniversary of one of the most significant achievements in science,” said Senator Coons. “Dmitry Mendeleev’s discovery of the periodic system paved the way for countless scientific advancements that have improved the lives of every person on the planet. This is a great opportunity to reflect on these breakthroughs and to stimulate the interest of young people across the country in science.”

“West Virginia is the birthplace of the modern chemical industry, and next year will mark the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of the world’s first petrochemical plant in Clendenin,” Senator Capito said. “This achievement was only possible due to the creation of the periodic table of elements by Dmitry Mendeelev just 50 years earlier, which greatly accelerated our modern understanding of chemistry. This rapid development from Mendeelev’s chart to today’s standards of living—made possible by chemistry—speaks to the ability of science and innovation to change the lives of people the world over. I hope these twin anniversaries will inspire another generation of West Virginians and our fellow Americans to advance scientific achievement.”

“I’m glad to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in recognizing the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table,” said Senator Daines. “As the only chemical engineer in Congress, I understand the important role chemistry plays in advancing American technology and creating good paying jobs. We need to continue to promote STEM education to prepare the next generation of scientists to further America’s global competitiveness.”

“As researchers, designers and engineers across Michigan and throughout the country work on the projects that will shape the 21st century, it is important to recognize that none of their efforts would be possible without the forming of the periodic table of elements,” said Senator Peters. “Dmitry Mendeleev’s work will continue to serve as the pathway to new discoveries for generations to come, and I am pleased to join my colleagues to introduce this bipartisan resolution that recognizes the periodic table as an historic achievement.”

“The periodic table has been the catalyst for 150 years of scientific innovation,” said Congressman Moolenaar. “It has helped generations of scientists better understand the elements of our world and inspired them to make discoveries that have changed the lives of every person for the better.”

“I am pleased to join my House and Senate colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution to establish the International Year of the Periodic Table,” said Congressman Lipinski. “As a co-chair of the Chemistry Caucus, I enthusiastically support any effort to promote chemistry education and research.  This resolution recognizes the importance of the periodic table and how it provides useful information about the elements and how they relate to one another in one easy-to-use reference. Chemistry plays an important role in how we approach the challenges of today and tomorrow and I’m glad we’re giving the periodic table the recognition it deserves!”

“The International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) celebrates this vital tool for the chemistry enterprise and the broader public, by promoting international collaboration between countries and their scientific communities. The American Chemical Society (ACS) is proud to represent the United States in efforts to inspire diverse future generations of scientists by highlighting the periodic table in everyday life. Science diplomacy, now, more than ever, will help to foster a dialogue to meet our global challenges,” said Bonnie Charpentier, President of the American Chemical Society.

The resolution text can be found here.