Café Scientifique - Dr Diana Leitch MBE - The Science of Chocolate
Chocolate is a luxury confection sold all over the world. Most of us enjoy it and some even claim to be addicted to it! However, the history of chocolate covers 2000 years, arriving in Europe following the Spanish colonisation of Central and South America. Dr Diana Leitch will explain the history of cocoa beans being transformed into the chocolate we love today, plus explore some of the medical and economic aspects of chocolate.
Dr Leitch is Chair of Trustees at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum in Widnes, the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Chemical Industry. In 2014 she was awarded an MBE for her “services to chemistry”. Born into a Runcorn family, she can trace family roots in the chemical industry of Cheshire going back to the 17th century.
Diana graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc and PhD in Chemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She subsequently pursued a career in chemical information and became Deputy Librarian and Associate Director of the John Rylands University Library in Manchester. Until 2018 Diana was President of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.