since 1933

The Chemist’s Oath

As is the case for the Hippocratic Oath, the Chemist’s Oath would have a moral value rather than a legally binding commitment. It would enhance the newly graduated chemist’s ethical behavior and professional pride. The following text of 61 words is my proposed draft of the Chemist’s Oath. Believing in collective wisdom, I invite you to offer modifications to the text while keeping it clear and concise.

By what I hold most sacred, I solemnly swear that I will pursue scientific truth and expand knowledge ethically and responsibly. I will endeavor to promote diversity, equity, inclusivity, and mutual respect for all. As a member of society at large, obligated to all my fellow human beings, I will use my chemical expertise to sustain life and protect the environment.