UT Dallas Schedules Remembrance Ceremony
For Late Nobel Laureate Alan G. MacDiarmid

March 4 Event to Celebrate Faculty Member’s Life, Achievements;
University Announces Establishment of MacDiarmid Memorial Fund

Feb. 20, 2007

The University of Texas at Dallas will hold a ceremony of remembrance for the late Nobel laureate and member of the UT Dallas faculty Alan G. MacDiarmid, who passed away at the age of 79 on Feb. 7.

A reception to recall and celebrate MacDiarmid’s life and achievements will be held on Sunday, March 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the McDermott Suite of the Eugene McDermott Library on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson.

The ceremony will be open to members of the campus community and the general public.  Members of MacDiarmid’s family are expected to attend the event, as are political, business and academic leaders from the U.S. and abroad who knew and worked with the noted scientist.

The event will be hosted by UT Dallas President David E. Daniel. 

The university has also announced the establishment of the Alan G. MacDiarmid Memorial Fund.  Gifts to this fund should be made to The University of Texas at Dallas and sent to the Office of Development, P.O. Box 830688, MP13, Richardson, TX  75083-0688.  Donations may also be made by calling 972-883-2291.

MacDiarmid, co-winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, joined UT Dallas in August of 2002, when he filled the newly created James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology.  He had affiliated with the university a year earlier as a distinguished scholar-in-residence.  MacDiarmid, who held professorial appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, was the second Nobel laureate to serve on the faculty of the 38-year-old institution.

MacDiarmid shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in chemistry with Alan Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa for their discoveries that plastics can be made electrically conductive, thus creating the field of conducting polymers, also known as “synthetic metals.”  Some of the practical applications of his research include rechargeable batteries, gas sensors and light-emitting devices.  In recent years, MacDiarmid pioneered research in the field of nanoelectronics and became a champion of the emerging field of renewable energy.

Born in New Zealand, MacDiarmid received an M.Sc. degree from the University of New Zealand and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and Cambridge University.  He was a longtime member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he rose through the ranks to become the Blanchard Professor of Chemistry.

He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

For those planning to attend the remembrance ceremony, parking will be available adjacent to the McDermott Library.

About UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.


Contact Steve McGregor, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2293, smcgreg@utdallas.edu

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