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 – Stefan Hell

The Lars Onsager Lecturer 2016 is Prof. Stefan Hell from Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. Prof. Hell received both the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the Kavli Prize in nanoscience in 2014.

His Onsager Lecture will be presented on November 2, 2016.

For further information, please contact Prof. Helge Holden

Previous lecturers.

Present Onsager Professor – Jan Vermant

The Lars Onsager Professorship for 2016 has been awarded to Professor
Jan Vermant, ETH Zürich. Switzerland.

For further information, please contact Prof. Johan Sjöblom or Prof. Helge Holden.

Previous professors


Lecture by the Onsager Professor

Complex Fluid-fluid interfaces: from the Oil-field to the Human Cell

The 2016 Onsager Professor, Jan Vermant, will lecture on Monday 26 September at 11:15 in Rådssalen.
Abstract: Complex fluid-fluid or Soft matter interfaces occur in many technological and biological or biomedical applications. Such interfaces are characterized by more than just surface tension. The presence of extra stresses offers possibilities for the engineering of interface dominated materials in a variety of ways. How this is done will be exemplified using some selected applications – from thin film stability in lung surfactants and tear films, over the usage of particles and interfaces in Pickering emulsions to bilayers that constitute the barrier in cells.

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