Professor Roald Hoffmann is an outstanding specialist in theoretical chemistry who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1981. On 30th August, the scientist will be a special guest at UW as a lecturer during the 19th European Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry at the UW Faculty of Physics.

The European Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry is a triennial academic conference. Its programme covers all the areas of fluorine chemistry relevant to fundamental and applied research. The participants are physicists, chemists, biochemists and business representatives from all over the world. This year edition will be held at UW on 25-31th August.


The closing scientific event of that symposium will be the open lecture given by Prof. Roald Hoffmann from Cornell University (USA). He was born in Złoczów that in 1937 was a Polish town. The scientist has received many of the honuors of his profession, including the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with Ken’ichi Fukui). His scientific contributions encompass ca. 700 articles in prime chemistry journals. Since 1965 he is at Cornell University, now as the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus.


At the same time, Prof. R. Hoffmann is an active science popularizer. He participated, for example, in the production of a television course in introductory chemistry titled “The World of Chemistry,” shown widely since 1990. And, as a writer, he has carved out a land between science, poetry, and philosophy, through many essays and three books.


On 30th August he will give the open lecture entitled “Inverting ligand fields”. It will take place at the main aula of the UW Faculty of Physics (Pasteura Str. 5, room 0.03 and 0.03a on the ground floor). The aula has a limited capacity. No standing will be permitted.

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