Fritz Haber: A Great but Flawed Genius of Chemistry and History

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm MDT
Event format: 
Virtual / Online
Posted by Laura Moes

TOPIC: Fritz Haber: A Great but Flawed Genius of Chemistry and History

SPEAKER: Dr. Joseph (Joe) Gal

DATE: Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

TIME: 6:00 Career Discussion    

              6:15-7:15 Presentation and Q&A

LOCATION: Online Zoom Meeting

COST: Free, Registration required below

ABSTRACT:  In 1910 German chemist Fritz Haber (1868-1934) invented a method for the production of unlimited amounts of nitrogen fertilizers, thus saving millions from death by famine. He was a great chemist, Nobel laureate, and an eminent public figure. During World War I Haber became the “father of chemical warfare” and his life and work raise difficult questions of ethics and morality in science.

SPEAKER BIO: Joseph Gal, PhD, is Professor Emeritus retired from the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM). Joe completed his high-school education in Budapest, Hungary, and graduated with a B.Sc. in chemistry from the American University of Cairo, Egypt. He earned a PhD in organic chemistry at UCD – that is, the University of California, Davis. In 1977 Joe began his career at CU SOM as an Assistant Professor. Joe's career at the CU SOM included teaching, research, and directorship of the toxicology section of University of Colorado Hospital's clinical laboratories. His research activities focused on the fate of drugs in the body. Ca. 15 years ago Joe changed his scholarly interests and has been focusing since then on the history of science. He has been examining the chemistry work of Louis Pasteur, and has also been studying the history of modern chemical warfare, especially the "poison gases" of World War I. In retirement Joe is continuing his studies of the history of science, publishing and lecturing on these topics.