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Somorjai appointed Foreign Honorary Member of Chemical Society of Japan

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Professor Gabor Somorjai and Dr. Hiroyuki Nakanishi
Professor Gabor Somorjai and Dr. Hiroyuki Nakanishi of The Chemical Society of Japan.

May 12, 2009

The Chemical Society of Japan has selected Gabor Somorjai, UC Berkeley professor of chemistry, as Foreign Honorary Member. The membership award was presented to Somorjai by the society's president, Dr. Hiroyuki Nakanishi, at the society's annual meeting on March 28 at Nihon University. Nakanishi is the Chairman of Mitsui Chemicals.

Somorjai also presented the Chemical Record Lecture at the society meeting.

The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), initially named the Chemical Society, was founded in 1878. In 1948, it merged with the Society of Chemical Industry, founded in 1898. Thus the CSJ has a history encompassing 130 years, with a current membership exceeding 34,000, and is one of the most affluent academic societies in Japan, covering most areas of pure and applied chemistry.

The society, with a long history in chemical education and public outreach, holds academic conferences and lecture meetings and publishes journals and books. These activities have recently been redoubled in order to heighten public awareness and to stress the importance of chemistry's role in solving the many problems besetting people and the environment today.

More Information

Somorjai Faculty webpage: http://chem.berkeley.edu/faculty/somorjai/
Somorjai Research Group: http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/gasgrp/

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