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The Nicholas J. Turro Memorial

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 1:30pm - 7:00pm
Morningside Campus Room 309 Havemeyer and the Low Library Rotunda

The Nicholas J. Turro Memorial

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The symposium will begin at 1:30 and take place in room 309 Havemeyer Hall, Columbia University, 3000 Broadway, New York, NY  10027

Guest speakers who will be sharing their memories of Prof. Nicholas J. Turro

Ann McDermott, Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry and Chairman of Chemistry at Columbia University

Claire Turro Styrbicki, Nicholas Turros Daughter

Jackie Barton, Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology

V. Ramamurthy, Professor and Chair of Chemistry at the University of Miami

Claudia Turro, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Vice Chair for Graduate Studies at Ohio State University

Zvi Galil,  Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Julian Clarence Levi Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science  at Columbia University

Steve Lippard, Arthur Amos Noyes Professor Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gary Schuster, Editor of Photochemistry and Photobiology

Harry Gray, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry and Founding Director of the Beckman Institute

Miguel Garcia-Garibay, Professor and Chairman of Chemistry & Biochemistry at University of California, Los Angeles

Malcolm Levitt, Professor at the School of Chemistry, University of Southampton

Ponisseril Somasundaran, LaVon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University

Leonard Fine, Scientific Program Officer at the Science Foundation Arizona

Ron Breslow, Professor of Chemistry and University Professor at Columbia University

RECEPTION to follow in Low Library Rotunda

Nicholas J. Turro, William P. Schweitzer Professor of Chemistry and our longtime colleague and friend, passed away on November 24, 2012 at the age of 74 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. With a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University,  Nick attended graduate school at Caltech and received his Ph.D. degree with George S. Hammond. Following a postdoctoral year at Harvard with P. D. Bartlett, he joined the faculty at Columbia University. Nick's loyalty and service to the university had many substantial aspects including chairing Chemistry and co-chairing Chemical Engineering with  George Flynn. Nick's very creative and groundbreaking achievements in chemistry were recognized with the 2011 Arthur C. Cope Award in Organic Chemistry, given annually "to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of organic chemistry," and with the 2000 Willard Gibbs Award, which recognizes "eminent chemists who...have brought to the world developments that enable everyone to live more comfortably and to understand this world better."  He is the recipient of many other awards and in 2013 will be honored with the inaugural George S. Hammond Award by the Inter-American Photochemical Society.  Nick was elected to two of the most prestigious scientific academies, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, at the age of 43.  He authored several influential books including Molecular Photochemistry, and was selected as one of the most highly cited chemists for the past two decades, with over 900 research papers. Nick was a brilliant scientist, a highly regarded teacher, and a wonderful person, and the loss to the university community is incomprehensibly great.

For more information, please call 212-854-2202 or email mdf2105@columbia.edu.

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