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“Nationals October 2019

Sir Fraser Stoddart to present free lecture at USNA

| April 04, 2019, 08:56 AM

By Bengt Nyman from Vaxholm, Sweden – EM1A0953, CC BY 2.0,

The Naval Academy’s Division of Mathematics and Science invites the public to attend a lecture by Sir Fraser Stoddart, Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in Mahan Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Stoddart holds a 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and is a Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Stoddart is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the EU Academy of Science, and a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His many awards include the King Faisal International Prize in Science (2007), the Albert Einstein World Prize in Nanotechnology (2007), and the Royal Medial (2010).

Stoddart will present, “Engines Through the Ages,” in which he will highlight steam, electric, internal combustion, diesel, jet, and rocket and biological engines. The lecture will take the audience along for the ride as he explores the mechanical innovations realized during the early and mid-20th century. Stoddart will describe a blueprint for constructing molecular shuttles, switches and machines- setting the stage for the production of artificial (synthetic) molecular pumps capable of storing multiple highly charged molecules.

The Michelson Lecture series is sponsored by the USNA Class of 1969 and commemorates the achievements of Albert A. Michelson, USNA graduate, instructor and the first American to receive a Nobel Prize (1907, in Physics). Since 1981, the Michelson Lecture series has brought eminent scientists to speak about their research to a mixed audience of midshipmen, faculty, and the Annapolis community.

Visitors may enter through Gate 3 (Maryland Avenue – recommended) or Gate 1 (at the intersection of King George Street and Randall Street) and will be required to show a government issued picture ID.  All bags are subject to search. Vehicles without a Department of Defense or USNA credentialed driver or passenger are not permitted to drive onto the academy grounds. Vehicles with handicapped placards or license plates may enter through Gates 1 or 8.

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