Inside: John Polanyi is still living and working at the University of Toronto. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in chemical kinetics. This Berlin born scientist is still an active contributor to the academic world at the age of 91. Above image from: Vogler / CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wiki Commons
John Polanyi Toronto Connection
His Education and Nobel Prize
Polanyi’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was for his work in chemical kinetics . His contributions were focused on his work developing the technique of infrared chemiluminescence. Polanyi’s Nobel lecture was entitled “Some Concepts in Reaction Dynamics.”
Ernst Ruska, Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in electron microscopes and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). Polanyi found their work interesting. He decided to see how these microscopes might make his research easier.. After returning to Toronto, Polanyi and his colleagues examined their work and now have four scanning tunnelling microscopes. They use these microscopes to picture chemical reactions at the molecular level, instead of using infrared detection and chemiluminescence.
Polanyi’s Nobel medal is on display at Massey College (University of Toronto) where he is also a Senior Fellow.
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