The Warren K. Lewis Lectureship in Chemical Engineering – 2012

“Simplicity” as a Component of Invention


George M. Whitesides
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Harvard University

Friday, May 4, 2012
3:00 p.m., Room E14-674
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA


George M. Whitesides. Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor. Born, 1939, Louisville, KY. A.B., Harvard, 1960. Ph.D., 1964, California Institute of Technology (with J.D. Roberts).  Faculty: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963 to 1982; Harvard University, 1982-present.

Memberships and Fellowships. American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Philosophical Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, New York Academy of Sciences, World Technology Network,  Honorary Member of the Materials Research Society in India, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences,  Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

Present research interests include: physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, complexity and emergence, surface science, microfluidics, optics, self-assembly, micro – and nanotechnology, science for developing economies, catalysis, energy production and conservation, origin of life, rational drug design, cell-surface biochemistry, simplicity, and infochemistry.

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