Roald Hoffmann, Ph.D. | NOBEL LAUREATE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, EmerituS, Cornell University
Roald Hoffmann was born in 1937 in Złoczów, Poland. Having survived World War II, he came to the U.S. in 1949 and studied chemistry at Columbia and Harvard Universities (PhD 1962). Since 1965 he has been at Cornell University, now as the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus. He has received many of the honors of his profession, including the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with Kenichi Fukui). At Cornell, Hoffmann taught introductory chemistry half of his time while also doing outreach to the general public: he was the presenter of a television course in chemistry titled "The World of Chemistry," shown widely since 1990. As a writer, Hoffmann has carved out a land between science, poetry, and philosophy, through many essays, five non-fiction books, three plays and seven published collection of poetry, including bilingual Spanish-English and Russian-English editions published in Madrid and Moscow.