Top scientist returns to his roots
A pioneering scientist and distinguished Edinburgh alumnus is to open a weekend of celebrations with a public talk.
Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, a world leader in nanotechnology, will visit the University to kick-start a weekend of graduations for the School of Chemistry.
His event is one of many taking place in 2013 to commemorate 300 years of chemistry at Edinburgh.
Chemistry's Place in Today's World
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Professor Stoddart, who has an honours degree and PhD from Edinburgh, is a researcher at Northwestern University in the United States.
He is best known for his expertise in assembling molecules which have interlocked connections rather than conventional chemical bonds.
These molecules have interesting physical properties and can, for example, act as molecular switches or as components in tiny electronic devices.
The professor will give a public talk entitled Chemistry’s Place in Today’s World.
After his talk, the professor will present a prize named in his honour.
The Fraser and Norma Stoddart Prize is given to an outstanding chemistry PhD graduate from Edinburgh who has excelled in research and in inspiring students at Edinburgh and beyond.
The inaugural award will be presented to Dr Olof Johansson in the School of Chemistry, who studies energy transfer processes in ball-shaped carbon molecules called fullerenes.
Professor Sir Harry Kroto, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovery of fullerenes, will receive an honorary degree in the graduation ceremony.
Professor Stoddard’s lecture will take place at 6pm on Thursday 27 June in the George Square Lecture Theatre.
His talk will be followed on Friday 28 June by a symposium, which will highlight research being carried out at the School and the achievements of its graduates.
The next day, Saturday 29 June, the School will hold its summer graduations in the McEwan Hall.
Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart is one of the few chemists of the past quarter of a century to have created a new field of carbon-based chemistry.
His efforts have been recognised by numerous awards including the 2007 King Faisal International Prize in Science.