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2016 Pitzer Lecturer: Dr. Emily Carter
“Sustainable Energy Phenomena from First Principles: From Fuel Cells to Fusion”
Emily A. Carter is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. Her current research is focused entirely on enabling discovery and design of materials for sustainable energy. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech in 1987. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent the next 16 years on the faculty of UCLA as a Professor of Chemistry and later also of Materials Science and Engineering. She moved to Princeton University in 2004. The author of over 340 publications, she has delivered over 500 invited and plenary lectures all over the world and serves on numerous advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. Her scholarly work has been recognized by national and international awards from a variety of entities, including the American Chemical Society, the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. Professor Carter was elected in 2008 to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2016 to the National Academy of Engineering.
October 17, 2016
The Russ Pitzer Lectures
Russ Pitzer received his B.S. degree in chemistry with honor in 1959 from the California Institute of Technology where he also played football. In 1963 he received his Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in the same year.
From 1963 to 1968 - Dr. Pitzer was a professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology until he moved to the Ohio State University. He was promoted to professor in 1979. In 1986 Dr. Pitzer co-founded and served as Acting Associate Director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center. In 1988 he became a trustee of Pitzer College in Claremont, California, an institution which was founded by his father, Kenneth Pitzer, who was also a highly regarded chemist.
Dr. Pitzer served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at The Ohio State University from 1989 to 1994. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at Pitzer College in 2003.
He has held visiting faculty positions at Berkeley, Bielefeld (Germany), Cambridge (England) and the University of Georgia.
His doctoral thesis is considered one of the very few genuine landmarks in the history of theoretical chemistry.
The pioneering research Dr. Pitzer presented in his 1973 paper "Electron Repulsion Integrals and Symmetry Adapted Charge Distributions" enabled ab initio computations on larger molecular systems than previously possible.
2016 - Emily Carter
2015 - William Goddard
2014 - Klaus Schulten
2013 - Michele Parrinelle
2012 - Martin Head-Gordon
2011 - William H. Miller
2010 - Rodney Bartlett
2009 - Fritz Schaefer
2008 - Thom Dunning