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Award-winning chemist to speak on solar energy

Sept. 15, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The use of solar energy for power is the topic of a public lecture by one of the nation's leading scientists Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Harry B. Gray, professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, will speak on "Powering the Planet with Solar Energy" at 5 p.m. in Room 1720 of WMU's Chemistry Building. The speech is free and open to the public and part of the Harmon Lectureship Series established by WMU's Department of Chemistry in honor of the late Robert E. Harmon, a longtime WMU professor of chemistry.

During a two-day campus visit, Gray, an award-winning chemist and popular speaker around the nation, will give a more technical lecture on "The Currents of Life: Electron Flow through Proteins" at the same location. That talk is slated for 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

Gray is Caltech's Arnold O. Beckman professor of chemistry and founding director of the Beckman Institute. A speaker at numerous public venues and college and university commencements, Gray has received national awards in chemistry and science with his research focusing on inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics. His honors include the National Medal of Science and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry as well as election to the American Academy of Sciences.

His is the third in the Harmon Lectureship series, which is held every other year to give WMU students and faculty a chance to interact with outstanding researchers from all areas of chemistry.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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