Roald Hoffmann#

Roald Hoffmann
Photo by Gary Hodges
Former Member
Email:rh34 'at'
Membership Number:1190
Membership type:FOREIGN
Main Country of Residence:UNITED STATES

Present and Previous Positions
  • Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus
  • 1974 Professor of Physics, Cornell University
  • 1968 Professor of Chemistry, Cornell University
  • 1965 1965 Associate Professor, Cornell University
  • 1962 - 1965 Junior Fellow, Harvard University
  • 1962 Ph.D., Harvard University, working with W. N. Lipscomb and Martin Gouterman

Fields of Scholarship
  • Applied theoretical chemistry
  • Electronic structure of stable and unstable molecules
  • Transition states in reactions
  • Molecular orbital theory of polyhedral molecules

Honours and Awards
  • 2011 Lomonosov Gold Medal
  • 1990 Priestley Medal
  • 1986 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences
  • 1984 ForMemRS
  • 1983 National Medal of Science
  • 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with Kenichi Fukui)
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society
  • Foreign Member of the Royal Society, the Indian National Science Academy, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Nordrhein-Westfällische Academy of Sciences, and the Leopoldina
  • Numerous honors, including over twenty-five honorary degrees. Roald Hoffmann is the only person ever to have received the American Chemical Society's awards in three different specific subfields of chemistry — the A. C. Cope Award in Organic Chemistry, the Award in Inorganic Chemistry, and the Pimentel Award in Chemical Education. As well as two other ACS awards.

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