| News |

University of Texas at Dallas Set to Honor Its Late Nobel Prize-Winning Prof

UT-Dallas professor and Nobel Prize-winner Alan MacDiarmid, who died earlier this month
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

On February 8, we mentioned the passing of 2000 Nobel Prize-winning chemist and University of Texas at Dallas professor Alan G. MacDiarmid, who received a lengthy obit in The New York Times. MacDiarmid was 79 and died at his Philadelphia home, after he fell while rushing to make a plane for his native New Zealand.

Earlier this week, UTD announced plans for a memorial service in honor of the Nobel laureate that will take place March 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the McDermott Suite of the Eugene McDermott Library on the UTD campus in Richardson. The event, which will be hosted by UTD President David E. Daniel, is open to the public, and, says the university's release, "members of MacDiarmid's family are expected to attend the event, as are political, business and academic leaders from the U.S. and abroad who knew and worked with the noted scientist."

Once more, I recommend reading MacDiarmid's brief autobiography, which he wrote upon receiving the Nobel Prize seven years ago. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.