The Lars Onsager Lecture and Professorship

Lars Onsager (1903–1976)

Lars Onsager, Nobel laureate in chemistry 1935Norwegian-American chemist and physicist. Born in Oslo, Ch.E. degree from Norges Tekniske Høiskole, Trondheim, in 1925. Emigrated to the USA in 1928 and became an American citizen in 1945. J. Willard Gibbs Professor at Yale University. Received the 1968 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work done in 1931 on irreversible thermodynamics. (Biographical note).

Lars Onsager in Wikipedia

The Lars Onsager Lecture and the Lars Onsager Professorship are awarded by the Onsager committee.

Present Onsager Lecturer – Jean-Marie Lehn

The Lars Onsager Lecturer 2015 is Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, Collège de France and Laboratoire de Chimie Supramoléculaire, Strasbourg. Prof. Lehn received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987.
His Onsager Lecture will be presented on August 28, 2015 at NTNU.

For further information, please contact Prof. Helge Holden

Previous lecturers.

Present Onsager Professor – Matthias Eschrig

Matthias EschrigThe Lars Onsager Professorship for 2015 has been awarded to Professor Matthias Eschrig, Royal Holloway, University of London.

For further information, please contact Prof. Jacob Linder or Prof. Helge Holden.


Previous professors


Onsager Professor 2014

Zhou XiangyuThe Lars Onsager Professorship for 2014 has been awarded to Professor Xiang-Yu Zhou, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

He presented a public lecture on Friday, April 10 at 13:15 in Auditorium KJL2. Title: Start with complex numbers. Abstract: We'll talk about the motivations of introducing complex numbers, ancient Chineses' use of the decimal place value system, relation of complex variables to other fields, differences between one complex variable and several complex variables.

For further information, please contact Prof. John-Erik Fornæss or Prof. Helge Holden.

Previous professors.

The Lars Onsager archive

Thanks to the generosity of Lars Onsager's sons and daughter, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has established a Lars Onsager archive located at NTNU Library/Gunnerus Library in Trondheim.

A substantial part of the archive has now been made freely available in digital form.

Biographical Material

A general reference to the scientific works of Lars Onsager is:

(Boken fins også på norsk "Norske nobelprisvinnere", (Olav Njølstad, red.) Universitetsforlaget, 2005).

The Onsager Lecturer and the Onsager Professor receive the Onsager medal.

Onsager medal: Obverse

Onsager medal: Reverse

Artist: Harald Wårvik, minted by Den kongelige mynt, Kongsberg