10/10/17 -9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Crawford Memorial Lectureship: Professor Keith A. Nelson
Bryce L. Crawford Memorial Lecture
Keith A. Nelson joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor in 1982, after completing his doctorate in physical chemistry at Stanford University in 1981 and a post-doctoral year at University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests are ultrafast optics, coherent spectroscopy, and coherent control over collective dynamics and structure in condensed matter.
Bryce L. Crawford Jr.
Bryce L. Crawford Jr. was a renowned Department of Chemistry professor and scientist. He died in September 2011, at the age of 96. He joined the department in 1940, and became a full professor of physical chemistry in 1946. He was chair of the department from 1955 to 1960, and was dean of the graduate school from 1960 to 1972. He retired in 1985. He loved studying molecular vibrations and force constants, and the experimental side of molecular spectroscopy and molecular structure. During World War II, Crawford worked in research on rocket propellants, making significant contributions to rocketry, and the development of solid propellants for the much larger rockets that evolved after the war. Crawford received many honors during his career, including the prestigious American Chemical Society Priestley Medal; and being named a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, a Guggenheim Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford University. He held the distinction of membership in three honorary science academies, and was actively involved in many professional associations.