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The Ira Kukin Lecture Series is supported by Dr. Ira Kukin, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University and chairmain of its Committee on Academic Affairs. Dr. Kukin is founder and chairman of Apollo Technologies International Corporation, a leading company in the field of air pollution control and energy conservation in Livingston, New Jersey.
Previous Kukin Lecturers
1991 Roald Hoffman, Cornell University
"Logical Structures of Modern Chemistry"
1992 Jerold Meinwald, Cornell University
"The Chemistry of Everyday Insect Life"
1993 Elias J. Corey, Harvard University
"Molecular Robots, Small Molecules as Enzyme-Like Catalysts"
1994 Derek H. R. Barton, Texas A&M University
"How to Win the Nobel Prize"
1995 Ephraim Katchalski-Katzir, Weizmann Institute of Science
"A Scientist as State President: Experiences and Expectations"
1996 Alfred Bader, Aldrich Chemical Company
"The Chemist as Entrepreneur"
1997 William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr., Harvard University
"Chemistry of the 20th Century: The Structure-Function Relationship"
1998 Dudley R. Herschbach, Harvard University
"The Impossible Takes a Little Longer"
1999 Sylvia T. Ceyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Unique Chemistry at Surfaces: Splats, Hammers, and Sinkholes"
2000 Julius Axelrod, National Institute of Health
"Neurotransmitters and Psychoactive Drugs"
2001 Mary L. Good, University of Arkansas
"Science and Technology Policy: Why You Should Care"
2002 Mario J. Molina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Antartic Ozone Hole"
2003 Ronald Breslow, Columbia University
"The Chemistry-Biology Interface"
2004 Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology
"DNA Charge Transport: Chemistry and Biology"
2005 Martha Greenblatt, Rutgers University
"The Beauty and Fascination of Solids"
2006 Cynthia M. Friend, Harvard University
"The Wonderful World of Surfaces"
2007 George M. Whitesides, Harvard University
2008 Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology
"The Grand Challenge of the 21st Century: Making Fuel from
Sunlight and Water"
2009 Richard Silverman, Northwestern University
"Drug Discovery: Ingenuity or Serendipity"