Piper Promotes: Gilbert Newton Lewis Memorial Lecture, October 23, 2012

On October 23, 2012, from 4-5 pm, the College of Chemistry will host the annual Gilbert Newton Lewis Lecture in the Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall. The Lewis Lecture for 2012 will be given by Professor Mostafa A. El-Sayed from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor El-Sayed will speak on “The big potential of very small – plasmonic nanoparticles meet biology in the cancer cell.”

G. N. Lewis (1875-1946) was a Professor of Physical Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. He is known for his namesake, the Lewis dot structure, as a description of his discovery of the covalent bond. Additionally, he is behind Lewis acid and base theory, and coined the term “photon.”

Previous Gilbert Newton Lewis Lecturers have included Professor Jean M. J. Frechet, 2011 (UC Berkeley), Professor Ahmed Zewail, 2010 (Nobel Prize Winner, California Institute of Technology), Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, 2009 (Nobel Prize Winner, University of Strasbourg), Professor Martin Karplus, 2004 (Harvard University), and Professor Harry Gray, 2003 (California Institute of Technology).

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