Martin Karplus, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, guest lecturer at Ca' Foscari

On October 24th, 11.30am, Martin Karplus 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry will give a guest lecture in Aula Baratto at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Professor Karplus will also hold two lectures at Ca' Foscari.

This initiative is part of the Nobel’s School project that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the university.

Professor Karplus will be conferred the title of Honorary Fellow.


Wednesday October 24th 2018, 11.30am
Aula Baratto Ca’ Foscari Dorsoduro 3246, Venice

Welcome Address
Michele Bugliesi, Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Achille Giacometti, Professor in Condensed Matter Physics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Conferment of the Ca’ Foscari Honorary Fellowship to Martin Karplus

Lectio Magistralis
Motion: The Hallmark of Life. From Marsupials to Molecules

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Professor Karplus will also hold two lectures at Ca' Foscari.

Monday October 22nd 2018, 10.15am
Danilo Mainardi Auditorium   
Scientific Campus – Alfa building
Via Torino, 155 – Venice Mestre
First Nobel Lecture
Development of Multiscale Models for Complex Chemical Systems From H+H2 to Biomolecules

Tuesday October 23rd 2018, 10.15am
Danilo Mainardi Auditorium   
Scientific Campus – Alfa building
Via Torino, 155 – Venice Mestre
Second Nobel Lecture
What Does the Future Hold?

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is also proud to present the exhibition "MARTIN KARPLUS FOTOGRAFO: i colori degli anni '50 e '60” with photographs Martin Karplus took during his trips throughout Europe, America and Asia in the 1950s and 1960s, that were loaned by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The exhibition was organized by Zuecca Projects and can be seen at Spazio Ridotto (Venice) from October 24th to November 30th 2018.

Curated by Sylvie Aubenas
October 24th – November 30th 2018 10am - 6pm - Closed on Mondays
Free entry
Inauguration: October 24th | 5.30pm
Location: Spazio Ridotto Calle del Ridotto, 1388 30124 Venice
Artist: Martin Karplus Sponsor: Bauer Venezia

Martin Karplus was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved with his parents and brother to the United States in 1938. He was an undergraduate at Harvard College and went to the California Institute of Technology, where he received his PhD in Chemistry under Linus Pauling in 1953. He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in Oxford, England, before returning to the USA to join the faculty at the University of Illinois. In 1966 he became Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, where he continues to do research. In 1996, he also became Profeseur Conventionné at the Université Louis Pasteur. He and his wife, Marci, divide their time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Strasbourg, France. Karplus received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel, for “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems”. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a foreign member of the Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Royal Society of London. Karplus has contributed to many fields in physical chemistry, including chemical dynamics, quantum chemistry, and most notably, molecular dynamics simulations of biological macromolecules. He has also been influential in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, particularly to the understanding of nuclear spin-spin coupling and electron spin resonance spectroscopy. The Karplus equation describing the correlation between coupling constants and dihedral angles in proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is named after him. His current research is concerned primarily with the properties of molecules of biological interest. His group originated and currently coordinates the development of the CHARMM program for molecular dynamics simulations. He is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. He has supervised over 200 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in his long career (since 1955) in the University of Illinois, Columbia University (1960 - 1967), and Harvard University. He is a recipient of the Christian B. Anfinsen Award, given in 2001.

The Nobel's School Project
Some of the personalities from around the world that have distinguished themselves in various fields of knowledge for their research, discoveries and inventions, for works of literature and working towards world peace will become part of the Ca’ Foscari community themselves. They will be lecturers for the degree programmes of the disciplines they have been awarded for and that define our University: economics and literature. A surplus value that Ca’ Foscari wants to give to its teaching, a one of a kind education that is unique to students, the heart and soul of Ca’ Foscari.

The Nobel's School includes:

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature in 1986 
Robert Merton, Nobel Prize Laureate for Economics in 1997 
Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize Laureate for Economics in 1998
Robert Engle, Nobel Prize Laureate for Economics in 2003
Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature in 2010
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize Laureate for Peace in 2006