The Center has welcomed a range of distinguished visiting scholars to campus. This list includes notable biologists, chemists, mathematicians, and physicists who are breaking ground in their respective fields and who have shared their scientific scholarship and expertise with our students.
Of note, in the past three years, Whittier College has hosted two Nobel Prize winning scientists:
Dr. Luc Montagnier, 2008 Nobel Prize recipient and world renowned virologist, gave a special lecture, HIV/AIDS Research: past and prospects, to launch the new Center for Science, Health, and Policy at Whittier College. Montagnier also received an honorary degree from Whittier: a doctorate of humane letters (L.H.D.).
Dr. Mario J. Molina is the first Mexican-born citizen to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which he was awarded along with his co-recipient in 1995 for his role in exposing the threat to our planet’s ozone layer by chlorofluorocarbon gases. A scientific leader collaborating with colleagues around the world, his work focuses on assessing and mitigating the air pollution problems of rapidly growing cities.
The following is a sample list recent visiting scholars in mathematics, physics, and astronomy:
- Dr. Erica Flapan, Pomona College, “Mirror image symmetry from different viewpoints”
- Dr. Marcus Afshar, “Black Holes and the Information Paradox: Why Stephen Hawking Loses Sleep at Night"
- Dr. Alice Shapley, UCLA, "The Contribution of Galaxies to the Reionization of the Universe"
- Mason Rourman ‘96, engineer for Northrup Grumman, “Life after Physics"
- Dr. Donald Saari, Director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, UC Irvine, "Mathematics and the chaotic mysteries of voting."
- Dr. Kevin Knight, University of Southern California, "Language Translation and Code-breaking"
- Louise A. Hamlin, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "The Changing Antartic: a personal view"