Dunedin residents will have a rare chance to hear public
lectures from two Nobel Prize winners on consecutive days this
University of Otago officials said the university had
achieved a ''rare coup'' in having two American Nobel
Laureates, Prof Roald Hoffman, of Cornell University, and
Prof Bill Phillips, of the US National Institute of Standards
and Technology, in Maryland, give lectures in the same week.
Prof Hoffman won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981 for his
application of chemical bonding theories, sharing the prize
with Japanese chemist Kenichi Fukui.
His lecture, titled ''All the ways to have a bond'', will be
given at College of Education Tower Block, in Union St East,
on Wednesday. Prof Phillips won the Nobel Prize in Physics in
1997, with two colleagues, for work developing laser-cooling
to slow gaseous atoms, enabling the coldest matter in the
universe to be made.
Prof Phillips will present, ''Time, Einstein and the
coolest stuff in the universe'' in the St David Lecture Theatre
Organisers said Prof Hoffman's talk would particularly
interest chemistry teachers, higher level secondary school
pupils and people with some science background who were
''interested in the way matter holds together''.
Prof Phillips was a ''larger-than-life character'', whose
talk would feature ''lots of demonstrations, lots of
interaction'', organisers said.