Rudi Lemberg Lecture - The History of the Nobel Prize

Friday, 9 September, 2016 - 13:30

What: Rudi Lemberg Lecture: The History of the Nobel Prizes

Who: Professor Lawrence Berliner

When:1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Friday 9 September

Where: Bio21 Institute Auditorium, David Penington Building, 30 Flemington Road, Parkville

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Alfred Nobel was a genius and a keen practitioner of many fields, including chemistry, physics, physiology/medicine and literature, which comprise four of the prestigious Nobel Prizes awarded each year since 1901. There is also a rich history of the chemical elements being a key part of the prize citation, starting as early as Marie Curie.  This talk covers the history of Alfred Nobel and how he, his father and brothers developed their famous explosive that made Nobel company and Alfred extremely wealthy and famous. However the interesting, sometimes sad part of this history, is how Alfred came about to propose and write in his will the details of these prizes. Professor Berliner, who teaches a course on the Nobel Prize to entering freshman undergraduate students at the University of Denver, gives both personal and sensitive insight to its mystique and fame.   His lecture will bring in an Australian perspective in the contributions that Australian scholars have made to earn several Nobel prizes. Time permitting, the politics and potential mistakes made by the various Nobel committees over the years will be discussed.

About the speaker: Professor Lawrence J. Berliner

Professor Lawrence J. Berliner, University of Denver, and Emeritus Professor of The Ohio State University, is a pioneer in protein structural and free radical research  His team developed thiol specific spin labels, which facilitated site directed spin labelling for studying protein structure in solution by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). His research has involved protein-protein interactions, free radicals and in-vivo EPR.  He is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Chemical Society, Past-President of the International EPR Society. He and has received the 2000 Silver Medal of the International EPR Society and the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award in Biological EPR Spectroscopy.  He is Editor-in-Chief of Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics and has edited over 30 books on magnetic resonance applications in biology and medicine. He has spoken at many conferences the world on proteins, magnetic resonance the history of the Nobel Prize.

About the Fellowship

The Australian Academy of Science's 'Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship' commemorates the contributions of Professor M.R. Lemberg, FAA, FRS to science in Australia. The Fellowship is financed through the generous bequest of Mrs Hanna Lemberg and the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to enable either Australian or overseas scientists of standing to visit Australian scientific centers and to deliver lectures.