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Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series: Roald Hoffmann

Roald HoffmanRoald Hoffman, 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, will speak at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tuesday, February 9 as part of the Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series in Science, Technology and Policy. Hoffman’s research focuses on bonding in all types of chemical systems—discrete molecules or extend solids, organic or inorganic.

The lecture will be held at 10 a.m. in the Iran Thomas Auditorium at the Spallation Neutron Source. Those interested in attending Hoffman’s lecture may take a shuttle from the ORNL main campus beginning at 9 a.m.

The Wigner Lectures are named in recognition of ORNL’s first research director, Eugene Wigner, recipient of the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics. Wigner was both a towering figure in theoretical physics and a key contributor to the development of nuclear reactors. He established an enduring vision for the laboratory and laid the foundations for programs that continue to this day.

For more information on the lecture series, including a list of upcoming guests, visit