Dr. Roald Hoffman
Nobel Laureate, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, Writer and Poet
Date: October 18, 2012
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.
Dr. Paul Wender
Wilkes Class of 1969, Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University
Topic: Molecular Frontiers and Future Transformative Therapies for AIDS, Alzheimer’s and Resistant Cancer”
(Reflections in and on the light house at Finisterre)
Date: October 27, 2011
About the speaker: Dr. Wender has pioneered new methodologies for design and construction of complex organic molecules, both naturally occurring and synthetic. His contributions cover a broad range of chemistry, including synthetic organic, organ metallic, medicinal, and agricultural and photo-chemistry, cancer biology and computer application in synthesis and drug design.