Interview with the 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Dudley R. Herschbach, March 2009. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Dudley Herschbach recalls growing up in rural California and the National Geographic article that sparked his interest in science, the academic scholarship that led him to Stanford and the philosophy of education he learned there, the adventure in pursuing scientific research and why it is congenial to the human spirit (15:58), the “lunatic fringe area” of chemistry for which he would later be awarded the Nobel Prize (27:01), what it means to teach science as a liberal art and the mentors who inspired him (40:46), and, finally, the fascinating evolution of molecular engineering within the discipline of chemistry (51:59).
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