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Hoffmann, Roald Safran

Born: 1937 AD
Currently alive, at 84 years of age.
Nationality: Polish
Categories: Chemists, Poets, Scientist

1937 – Roald Safran Hoffmann, born on the 18th of July in ZBoczów, Poland (now Ukraine) to a Jewish family and named in honor of the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen. He is an American theoretical chemist.

1949 – With his family, iimmigrated to the United States of America.

1955 – Graduated from New York City’s Stuyvesant High School (winning a Westinghouse science scholarship).

1958 – Received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University (Columbia College).

1960 – 1962 – Received his Master of Arts degree in 1960 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree both in Harvard University.

1963 – He has investigated both organic and inorganic substances, developing computational tools and methods such as the extended Hückel method, which he proposed.

1981 – Received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which he shared with Kenichi Fukui. E.J. Corey has recently said he was the one who gave Woodward the idea of applying symmetry groups to problems.

1987 – 1990 – Also a writer of poetry published in two collections, "The Metamict State"  and "Gaps and Verges", and of books explaining chemistry to the general public.

1990 – He was awarded the Priestley Medal.

2001 – He is now hosting of a monthly series at New York City’s Cornelia Street Cafe called "Entertaining Science," which explores the juncture between the arts and science.