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January 29, 2015: Mark Benvenuto, The Chemists Behind the Chemistry


Mark Benvenuto
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Detroit Mercy

The Chemists Behind the Chemistry

University of Detroit Mercy
Room C114, Chemistry Building
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221

6:30 pm: Reception
7:00 pm: Presentation

We know their names from their works, but who were the chemists that became so famous? Why do Boyle, Charles, and Gay-Lussac get gas laws named after them? Why does Mendeleev get the title, “Father of the Periodic Table” but not have an element named after him until after Marie Curie does? Why is there a Priestley Medal, and why doesn’t Lavoisier have a theory named after him? If Moseley did such pioneering work, why is there no law or theory with his name? Come and enjoy a talk and discussion about these people and others who have so keenly shaped our science.

Mark Benvenuto is a Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he has been employed for 20 years. Prior to this he did postdoctoral research at Penn State from ’91 – ’93, received his PhD from the University of Virginia in late 1991, spent four years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1983-87, and graduated with a BS degree from the Virginia Military Institute in 1983. He has a wide range of interests and is seldom at a lack for words.

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This event is free!  All are welcome at attend!