Gabor A. Somorjai is a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a leading researcher in the field of surface chemistry and catalysis, especially the catalytic effects of metal surfaces. For his contributions to the field, Somorjai won the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 1998, the Linus Pauling Award in 2000, the National Medal of Science in 2002, the Priestley Medal in 2008, the 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Science and the NAS Award in Chemical Sciences in 2013. Most recently, in April 2015, Somorjai was awarded the American Chemical Society's William H. Nichols Medal Award.
|Born:||May 4, 1935, Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary|
|Alma mater:||Budapest University of Technology and Economics|
|Notable work:||University of California, Berkeley|
|Awards:||National Medal of Science (2001), Wolf Prize in Chemistry, Irving Langmuir Award (2007)|
About Gabor A. Somorjai
Leading researcher in surface chemistry and catalysis who won the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 1998 and the National Medal of Science in 2002.
He studied chemical engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1956.
He has also worked as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
He was born to Jewish parents and was saved from the Nazis when his mother obtained Swedish passports from a friend in 1944.
He was awarded the Wolf Foundation Prize in Chemistry in 1998 along with Gerhad Ertl.
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- Hungarian emigrants to Sweden
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- Wolf Prize in Chemistry laureates
- Swedish chemists
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- National Medal of Science laureates