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Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist to Speak at Clemson

CLEMSON, South Carolina — Nobel laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart will talk about the work that led to his Nobel Prize in chemistry in a lecture open to students, faculty and staff at Clemson April 29, from 3-4 p.m. in the Watt Center auditorium.

Stoddart was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in Chemistry in 2016 “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.” He was invited to Clemson on behalf of graduate students in the Department of Chemistry by associate professor Sourav Saha, who received his doctoral degree under Stoddart’s supervision at UCLA. Since 2008, Stoddart has been a Board of Trustees Professor of chemistry at Northwestern University.

Stoddart is also an avid science communicator; he tweets from @sirfrasersays, with 11,500 followers. His Twitter profile says he “mingles art with science” and “wears chemistry proudly on his sleeve”. In an interview for the Nobel website, Stoddart said, “I feel that I must reach out to the young people who are coming into science at the moment. Twitter breaks down a lot of barriers and I become one of them. I was persuaded by my ex-graduate student Stuart Cantrill to start tweeting when I went to Stockholm. I took his advice and I am now labelled as a twitter monster!”

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