Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
"Lippard2000," a symposium honoring Professor Stephen J. Lippard's contributions to inorganic chemistry, coupled with his 60th birthday celebration, was held at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research's McGovern Auditorium October 6-8.
Professor Lippard, who heads the Department of Chemistry, holds the Arthur Amos Noyes chair in that department. His research activities span the fields of inorganic and biological chemistry.
Speakers included 21 noted chemists from across the country representing academia and industry. There were 14 industry sponsors, including Dow, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.
"The symposium was very well-received by over 150 attendees. There was also a banquet at the American Academy of Sciences in Cambridge that was attended by more than 100 guests from all over the world," said William H. Armstrong, associate professor of chemistry at Boston College, one of the meeting's organizers.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 18, 2000.