Distinguished chemist Harry Gray to speak at 16th annual S. Dexter Squibb Lectures

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Distinguished chemist Harry Gray, founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology, will deliver UNC Asheville’s 16th annual S. Dexter Squibb Lectures on October 15-16.

The S. Dexter Squibb Endowed Distinguished Lectureship brings well-known scientists to the UNC Asheville campus to give lectures and to meet with area students and educators. The lecture series honors S. Dexter Squibb, former UNC Asheville Chemistry Department chair. Squibb joined the faculty in 1964 and was instrumental in developing UNC Asheville’s Chemistry Department into a certified four-year program. He retired in 1994.

Gray will discuss “The 21st Century Solar Army” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. At 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, Gray will give a lecture on “Electron Flow Through Metalloproteins,” also in Alumni Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Gray is the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. His work in inorganic chemistry and renewable fuels spans decades and has earned him numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science from President Ronald Reagan, the Pauling Medal, the Linderstrøm-Lang Prize, and most recently the Othmer Gold Medal, as well as 17 honorary doctorates from universities around the world. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others, and is a director of University Science Books.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Chemistry Department at 828.251.6443 or email bhenders@unca.edu.


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