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Catherine H. Bone Lecture in Chemistry - Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate

The Catherine H. Bone Lecture in Chemistry will take place on October 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Stark Learning Center

10/18/2012 7:00:00 PM-

Who: Roald Hoffman - Nobel Laureate, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, Writer and Poet
When: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stark Learning Center - Room 101

Lecture is free and open to the public

About the Speaker:
A member of the faculty at Cornell University since 1965, Roald Hoffman is now the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus. His many honors include the 1981 Nobel Prize awarded jointly with Kenichi Fukui of Japan’s Kyoto University for their theories concerning the course of chemical reactions. Hoffmann, who describes his work as “applied theoretical chemistry,” is the only person ever to have received the American Chemical Society's awards in three different subfields of chemistry — the A. C. Cope Award in Organic Chemistry, the Award in Inorganic Chemistry, and the Pimentel Award in Chemical Education.

Hoffmann earned his doctorate from Harvard University and has been the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees during the course of his career. In addition to his work in chemistry, he has published extensively as a poet and playwright.

In the 1990s, he was a presenter on “The World of Chemistry,” a series of 26 half-hour programs developed at the University of Maryland and broadcast on PBS. Hoffmann also is an accomplished poet and playwright. His collections of poetry include The Metamict State, published in 1987, followed three years later by Gaps and Verges. His recent books of poetry are Memory Effects and Soliton. He also is a playwright whose work includes Oxygen, co-authored with fellow chemist Carl Djerassi. Hoffmann hosts a monthly cabaret called “Entertaining Science” at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City.

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