The Lars Onsager Lecture and Professorship
Lars Onsager (1903–1976)
Norwegian-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).
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.
Onsager Professor 2014
The 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.
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.
A general reference to the scientific works of Lars Onsager is:
- The Collected Works of Lars Onsager (with commentary)
P.C. Hemmer, H. Holden, S.K. Ratkje, editors
World Scientific, Singapore 1996
- A biography on Lars Onsager
by P.C. Hemmer and E. Hiis Hauge is printed in the book "Norwegian Nobel Prize Laureates", (Olav Njølstad, ed.), Universitetsforlaget, 2006.
(Boken fins også på norsk "Norske nobelprisvinnere", (Olav Njølstad, red.) Universitetsforlaget, 2005).