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Sigma Xi Welcomes 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Roald Hoffmann known for receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981 as well as for his creativity as a poet and writer will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges next week.

April 12, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.— The local chapter of the Sigma Xi scientific research honor society proudly announce that Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate, poet, and professor of chemistry, will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges and present a lecture at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Sanford Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The talk is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Hoffmann is a gifted chemist as well as a talented poet and writer. He has received many honors of his profession, including the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with Kenichi Fukui). Hoffmann also writes essays and poems. Two of his poetry collections, “The Metamict State” and “Gaps and Verges,” have been published by the University Presses of Florida.

His visit is sponsored by Sigma Xi, a scientific research society dedicated to honoring scientific accomplishments, encouraging and enhancing appreciation and support of original investigation in science and technology, and fostering worldwide creative and dynamic interaction among science, technology and society.

Hoffmann was born in 1937 in Zloczow, Poland. Having survived the war, he came to the U. S. in 1949, and studied chemistry at Columbia University and Harvard University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1962. Since 1965 he has taught at Cornell University, now as the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters. Hoffmann is also is the presenter of a television course, “The World of Chemistry,” now aired on many PBS stations and abroad.

Hoffman is also the author of “Chemistry Imagined,” a unique combination of art, science, and literature, written in collaboration with artist Vivian Torrence. “Chemistry Imagined” reveals the creative and humanistic sparks of the molecular science. He also wrote “Old Wine, New Flasks; Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition,” with Shira Leibowitz Schmidt, a book of the intertwined voices of science and religion.

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