Roald Hoffmann

Roald Hoffmann

Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus at Cornell University
Roald Hoffmann

Roald Hoffmann was born in 1937 in Złoczów, Poland. Having survived the war, he came to the U. S. in 1949, and studied chemistry at Columbia and Harvard Universities (Ph.D. 1962). Since 1965 he is at Cornell University, now as the Frank H. T. Rhodes  Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus. He has received many of the honors of his profession, including the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with Kenichi Fukui). The pedagogical perspective is very strong in Hoffmann’s research. And, as a writer, Hoffmann has carved out a land between science, poetry, and philosophy, through many essays, four nonfiction books, five volumes of poems and three plays, widely produced.