The Heinz Heinemann Memorial Lecture

Bassam Shakhashiri

Bassam Shakhashiri. Photo by Peter Cutts Photography.

Date: October 21, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
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This lecture celebrates the centenary of the birth of Heinz Heinemann, a distinguished scientist with a career in industry and academia.

Bassam Shakhashiri, professor of chemistry and William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will deliver a talk titled “The Rewards and Responsibilities of Freedom.”

This talk aims to celebrate our free and open society where waves of immigrants have thrived. Shakhashiri will briefly review contributions of selected foreign-born chemists and reflect on the environment that made their accomplishments possible. He will also address the role of chemistry in solving the grand challenges that face science and society.

About Heinz Heinemann

Heinz Heinemann

Heinz Heinemann

Heinz Heinemann is best known for his work on catalytic petroleum refining and petrochemical processes. Having had his Ph.D. thesis rejected by the Nazi regime in Berlin owing to his being Jewish, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Basel in 1937. He immigrated to the United States shortly thereafter and had a successful 40-year career in industry followed by a long association with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley. Heinemann’s papers are now in the historical archives at the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Othmer Library.


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