are used to track the line of descent from parent to child, and they
aid in learning about one’s history and lineage. Similarly, academic
genealogies help learn one’s history and lineage, but, in contrast,
they track the line of intellectual succession from teacher to student.
By connecting students to their advisors, we can see how research and
information has been passed from generation to generation. Moreover,
through chemistry genealogy we can see how chemistry is a scientific
community and how each scientist is connected. Likewise universities
have a history of professors who have influenced their institution and
students as well as the scientific community. Researching the academic
genealogy of a university's professors connects that particular
university to the scientific community and to a community of
influential institutions on the field.