Bristol High School Chemistry Students and Nobel Prize Winner Roald Hoffmann

Not many teens have the chance to attend a lec­ture giv­en by a Nobel prize win­ner, but Bristol High School AP chem­istry stu­dents had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do just that. Students attend­ed the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture “The Same and Not the Same: The Many Faces of Diversity in Science and Society” at the Science History Institute in cen­ter city Philadelphia. Dr. William Smith, chem­istry teacher and sci­ence depart­ment chair­per­son at Bristol High School has tak­en AP stu­dents to this lec­turetwo male students and two female students standing with Roald Hoffmann series for fif­teen years, with the expec­ta­tion that it will inform stu­dents of how chem­istry, biol­o­gy, and the gen­er­al sci­ences are nec­es­sary com­po­nents in the gen­er­al well-being of soci­ety. The pre­sen­ters, dis­tin­guished experts in their fields, are tasked to devise a speech for a non-scientific audi­ence, mean­ing that all in atten­dance are able to inter­pret the con­cepts in the lec­ture with­out hav­ing in-depth expe­ri­ence in the sci­en­tif­ic fields.

Following the lec­ture, stu­dents met and spoke with Professor Roald Hoffmann, recip­i­ent of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, National of Medal of Science award, Priestley Medal recip­i­ent, Arthur C. Cope award of Organic Chemistry, and many addi­tion­al awards from the American Chemical Society. Dr. Smith notes that pro­vid­ing stu­dents with this expe­ri­ence is a way to open doors and pro­vide stu­dents with a chance to net­work with a vast array of chemists and chem­i­cal engi­neers from local col­leges, two individuals engaged in conversationuni­ver­si­ties, and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal indus­tries. Often these small inter­ac­tions with sci­en­tists are what light the spark and moti­vate stu­dents to join the sci­en­tif­ic community.

More infor­ma­tion about the Science History Institute and the annu­al Ullyott Affairs Lecture Series can be found at