Jonassen Lectures


Each year the Department of Chemistry at Tulane University invites an outstanding inorganic chemist to present the Hans B. Jonassen Lecture.  This endowed lecture series in Hans Jonassen's name was established to honor his long career at Tulane University and now serves as a memorial to his many contributions to Tulane and to inorganic chemistry.  Since the inauguration of the lecture in 1990, it has attracted a group of excellent chemists, including several Nobel Laureates and a number of National Academy members. 

Dr. Jonassen was a Professor of Chemistry at Tulane from 1946 until his retirement in 1989.  In addition to teaching generations of students, Dr. Jonassen held three patents, served as a consultant for many international organizations, and wrote over 165 scientific articles and other publications.  Active in civic affairs, he received the International Understanding Award from the YMCA of the United States during the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans.  A year later, the YMCA of Greater New Orleans named him the Humanitarian of the Year.  Dr. Jonassen passed away on January 3, 1998.

Jonassen cover 1954 C&E News

Hans Jonassen on the cover of C&E News 1954 

Jonassen Lecture Series Guest Speakers

Year Name
2018 Rich Eisenberg
University of Rochester
2017 Kenneth Raymond
University of California, Berkeley
2016 Daniel Nocera
Harvard University
Philip P. Power University of California, Davis
2014 Alan Cowley
University of Texas at Austin
Cliff Kubiak
University of California, San Diego
2012 Spring
Don Darensbourg & Marcetta Y. Darensbourg
Texas A&M
2011 Maurice Brookhart
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010 Robert G. Bergman
University of California, Berkeley
2009 Edward I. Solomon
Stanford University
2008 Frederick Hawthorne
University of California, Los Angeles
2007 Robert West
University of Wisconsin - Madison
2006 No lecture due to Hurricane Katrina

2005 Robert Grubbs - Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005
California Institute of Technology
2004 Tobin J. Marks
Northwestern University
2002 Richard R. Schrock - Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2001 Thomas J. Meyer
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2000 John E. Bercaw
California Institute of Technology
2000 Spring
Stephen J. Lippard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1999 Jim Ibers
Northwestern University
1998 Larry Dahl
University of Wisconsin - Madison
1997 Theodore L. Brown
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1996 Jim Collman
Stanford University
1995 Jack Halpern
University of Chicago
1994 Daryle H. Busch
University of Kansas
1993 F. Albert Cotton
Texas A&M
1992 Henry Taube - Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1983
Stanford University
1991 Harry B. Gray
California Institute of Technology
1990 Fred Basolo
Northwestern University

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