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Kolthoff Lectureship features William Jorgensen, Nov. 5-8

Next week, Monday, November 5, through Thursday, November 8, will be the Department of Chemistry's Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry. The lectureship features Professor William Jorgensen from the Department of Chemistry at Yale University.

His lectures are schedule for:

  • 3:45 p.m. Monday, November 5, 100 Smith Hall, Modeling Organic and Biomolecular Systems in Solution (there will be a reception immediately following this lecture in 117/119 Smith Hall, and all are invited).
  • 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 331 Smith Hall, Drug Discovery Accelerated by Computational Methods
  • 9:45 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 331 Smith Hall, New Challenges for Modeling Chemistry in Solution

Professor Jorgensen

William Jorgensen is the Sterling Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Physical Sciences & Engineering Division at Yale University. He is a pioneer in the field of computational chemistry. His research focuses on organic, medicinal, and computational chemistry, including simulations of organic and enzymatic reactions, computer-aided drug design, and the synthesis and development of therapeutic agents targeting infectious, inflammatory, and hyperproliferative diseases. He has more than 300 publications on his research.

Jorgensen earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a doctorate from Harvard University. His honors include being elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and as a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences Award in Computational Biology, the Sato International Award, the ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, and the A.C. Cope Scholar Award. He is editor of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling and the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, and holds positions on the editorial advisory boards of several other journals.

Honoring legacy of Isaak Kolthoff

The Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry honors the legacy of Izaak Maurits Kolthoff. He was born on February 11, 1894, in Almelo, Holland. He died on March 4, 1993, in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1911, he entered the University of Utrecht, Holland. He published his first paper on acid titrations in 1915. On the basis of his world-renowned reputation, he was invited to join the faculty of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemistry in 1927. By the time of his retirement from the University in 1962, he had published approximately 800 papers. He continued to publish approximately 150 more papers until his health failed. His research, covering approximately a dozen areas of chemistry, was recognized by many medals and memberships in learned societies throughout the world, including the National Academy of Sciences and the Nichols Medal of the American Chemical Society. Best known to the general public is his work on synthetic rubber. During World War II, the government established a comprehensive research program at major industrial companies and several universities, including Minnesota. Kolthoff quickly assembled a large research group and made major contributions to the program. Many of Kolthoff’s graduate students went on to successful careers in industry and academic life and, in turn, trained many more. In 1982, it was estimated that approximately 1,100 Ph.D. holders could trace their scientific roots to Kolthoff. When the American Chemical Society inaugurated an award for excellence in 1983, he was the first recipient.