Polanyi, John Charles

Polanyi, John Charles,

1929–, Canadian chemist. Raised and educated in England, he worked as a researcher in Canada before taking a teaching position at the Univ. of Toronto in 1956. He used spectroscopy as a means to detect the infrared light emitted by molecules during chemical reactions. Polanyi shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Dudley HerschbachHerschbach, Dudley Robert
, 1932–, American chemist, b. San Jose, Calif., Ph.D. Harvard, 1958. In 1986, Herschbach shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Yuan T. Lee and John C. Polanyi for helping to apply the technology and theory of physics to chemistry.
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 and Yuan LeeLee, Yuan Tseh
, 1936–, Taiwanese-American chemist, Ph.D. Univ. of California at Berkeley, 1965. In 1986, Lee shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Dudley R. Herschbach and John C. Polanyi for helping to apply the technology and theory of physics to chemistry.
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