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Martin Karplus, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013: lecture and exhibition05-04-2016

Studies on the ATP molecule and images of Europe, the Americas and Asia in the '50s and '60s. All this will be touched upon during Karplus's Milan appointment, the theoretical chemist from Harvard and the University of Strasbourg will deliver a lecture at the University of Milan (April 8th), preceded by the opening of his photography exhibition at the Pirelli Tower (April 6th).

Studies on the ATP molecule and images of Europe, the Americas and Asia in the '50s and '60s.

All this will be touched upon during Martin Karplus's Milan appointment, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 will deliver a Nobel lecture in the Aula Magna of the University of Milan on April 8th, preceded by the opening of his first photography exhibition in Italy at the Pirelli Tower on April 6th.

Born in Austria in 1930, Martin Karplus and his family moved to the United States in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution.

After graduating from Harvard in 1950, he attended the California Institute of Technology, from which he earned a PhD in 1953 under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, who considered Karplus his best student ever. Massimo Simonetta, founder of the Theoretical Chemistry school at the University of Milan, joined him in Pasadena (California).

He taught at the University of Illinois in 1956 and at Columbia University (1960-67) before becoming a professor at Harvard in 1967. In 1996 he became a professor at the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, where he is director of the Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory (ISIS).

On Friday, April 8th, the welcome address by the Rector, Gianluca Vago, and by the Director of the Department of Chemistry, Francesco Demartin, will be followed by talks by Raffaele Riccio and Benedetta Mennucci, President of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI) and of the SCI Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Division respectively.

The Nobel Lecture will be introduced by Michele Ceotto, theoretical chemist at our Department of Chemistry and ERC Consolidator Grant holder - Project SEMICOMPLEX.

After the lecture Martin Karplus will meet with students. Mario Raimondi, former Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Milan, will act as moderator.

Besides the Nobel lecture, the University - in collaboration with the Lombardy Region - wishes to also pay tribute to Martin Karplus, photographer.

“Martin Karplus, photographer: the colour of the '50s”, the Nobel Prize's first personal exhibition in Italy, will open on April 6th at the Pirelli Tower.

On display are over sixty of some 4 thousand photos by Karplus capturing the emotions and places during his trips to Europe, the Americas and Asia; these were then reproduced as slides that remained unpublished for more than 40 years, until the scientist donated them to the Bibliothèque nationale de France as a document for future generations.

Next to the Martin Karplus exhibition, there will be a section dedicated to the photography competition "Places and Colours of Lombardy". Organized by the University of Milan, it presents the themes of travel and colour through the works of 10 university students.

The exhibition and photo contest section were curated by Elena Amodeo and Vittorio Schieroni of M4A - MADE4ART.


In collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and Regione Lombardia, under the patronage of Dipartimento di Chimica dell’Università degli Studi di Milano, Arcidiocesi di Milano, Società Chimica Italiana - Divisione di Elettrochimica, Comune di Milano, Fondazione Cariplo, and with the contribution of LGH Linea Group Holding, Linea Energia, Forum austriaco di cultura, Fondazione Oronzio e Niccolò De Nora, Royal Society of Chemistry.



Martin Karplus, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2013
Nobel Lecture
"Motion: Hallmark of Life. From Marsupials to Molecules"
Friday, 8 April 2016, 10.30 am, Aula Magna, via Festa del Perdono 7
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Exhibition and Photography Competition
"Martin Karplus photographer: the colour of the '50s"
"The sites and colours of Lombardy"
6 April  - 26 May  2016
Pirelli Tower- Events Space, 1st floor, via Fabio Filzi 22
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Opening hours
Monday- Friday: 1 -7 pm | Free admission




For information
The University of Milan
Department of Chemistry
Prof. Michele Ceotto
Tel. 02 503 14258



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