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John Polanyi
  • Name: John Polanyi
  • Born: 01/23/1929 (92 years old)
  • Known for: Chemical kinetics, Reaction dynamics
  • Website: utoronto.ca/jpolanyi

John Charles Polanyi, PC CC FRSC OOnt FRS (born 23 January 1929) is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was born in Berlin, Germany prior to his family emigrating in 1933 to the United Kingdom where he was subsequently educated at the University of Manchester, and did postdoctoral research at the National Research Council in Canada and Princeton University in New Jersey. Polanyi’s first academic appointment was at the University of Toronto, and he remains there as of 2019. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Polanyi has received numerous other awards, including 33 honorary degrees, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. Outside his scientific pursuits, Polanyi is active in public policy discussion, especially concerning science and nuclear weapons. His father, Mihály (Michael), was a noted chemist and philosopher. His uncle Karl was an economist. According to György Marx he was one of “The Martians”, a group of prominent Hungarian scientists who emigrated to the United States in the first half of the 20th century.

Birth Name: John Charles Polanyi

School: University of Manchester

Alias: John Charles Polanyi

Birth Place: Berlin, Germany

Website: utoronto.ca/jpolanyi

Source: Wikipedia

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