World-renowned chemist speaks at George Fox University Feb. 20
NEWBERG, Ore. th Questions of cosmology th including "Is the universe eternal or does it have a beginning?" and "Is there knowable existence beyond the known dimensions of the universe?" th will be discussed by one this generation's most respected chemists at a George Fox University-hosted lecture
(Media-Newswire.com) - NEWBERG, Ore. – Questions of cosmology – including “Is the universe eternal or does it have a beginning?” and “Is there knowable existence beyond the known dimensions of the universe?” – will be discussed by one this generation’s most respected chemists at a George Fox University-hosted lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 20, on the school’s Newberg, Ore., campus.
Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III, the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia, will present “The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God” at 7:30 p.m. in George Fox’s Bauman Auditorium. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Dr. Schaefer, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in chemical physics from Stanford University, also holds 22 honorary degrees and won numerous awards. He has published more than 1,400 scientific articles, presented plenary lectures at more than 240 scientific conferences, and spoken at more than 50 universities.
From 1981 to 1997 he was the sixth-most highly cited chemist in the world. His research seeks to develop theoretical and computational methods to understand the movement and function of electrons in molecules, and to use those theoretical methods to solve important problems in molecular quantum mechanics.
His major awards include the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry ( 1979 ); the American Chemical Society Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award ( 1983 ); the Schrödinger Medal ( 1990 ); the Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry ( 1992 ); and the American Chemical Society Award in Theoretical Chemistry ( 2003 ). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, and in March of 2012 he received the SURA Distinguished Scientist Award.
Professor Schaefer is also well known as a student of the relationship between science and religion. One or more of the lectures in his popular lecture series on this topic have been presented at most major universities in North America, including Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Yale and Princeton.
Schaeffer’s visit is being sponsored by George Fox’s Department of Biology and Chemistry. His appearance marks the third installment of the Dalton Lecture Series, named for the world-renowned Quaker scientist Dalton ( 1766-1844 ) best known for the development of modern atomic theory.
To learn more about the event, contact Jane Sweet in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at 503-554-2710 or visit the series’ website at georgefox.edu/daltonlecture.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes and Kiplinger’s among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. Nearly 3,500 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Contact: Jane Sweet Department of Biology and Chemistry, George Fox University 503-554-2710
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