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Detailed Professional Background

Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus (Active)
Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
Budapest Technical University

Undergraduate studies 1959-1961, Eötvös University, Budapest
Master's studies 1961-1965, Moscow State University
M.Sc. 1992, Moscow State University
Dr.rer.nat. 1972, Eotvos University
Dr.Sc. 1976, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Dr.h.c. 1992, Moscow University
Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1987
Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 1988
Member of Academia Europaea, 1994
D.Sc. honoris causa, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2000
Dr.h.c. Russian Academy of Sciences, 2004

Career summary
Research Scientist, Center for Studies on Chemical Structures, HAS, 1965-1973
Visiting Scientist, Chemistry Institute, University of Oslo, 1968, 1975, 1981
Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of Texas, Austin, 1969/1970
Research Scientist, 1973-1975, Senior Research Scientist, 1975-76, Central Research Institute of Chemistry, HAS
Head of Department of Electron Diffraction & Quantum Chemistry, Central Research Institute of Chemistry, HAS, 1976-1979
Head of Department of Structural Studies, Research Laboratory for Inorganic Chemistry, HAS, 1979-1986
Science Advisor (HAS), 1982-1993
Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1983/1984
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1984/1985
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin, 1986/1987
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1988/89
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin, Summer 1989
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Fall 1989
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Spring 1993
Head of Institute of Gen. and Analyt. Chem., Budapest Technical University, 1991-96
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1996/97, Spring 1998, Spring 1999
Visiting Fellow, MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England, January-March, 2000.
Visiting Scientist, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, U.S.A., January-March, 2002
Visiting Scientist, Matrix Biology Institute, Edgewater, NJ, Spring terms of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Current editorial activities
Editor-in-Chief (Founder), Structural Chemistry (Springer, New York), since 1989
Editorial Advisor, Leonardo (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA)
International Advisory Board, Russian Chemical Bulletin (Moscow/New York) Vestnik MGU-Chemistry Journal

Current professional and association memberships
Consultant, Commission of Electron Diffraction, International Union of Crystallography
Member, Hungarian Chemical Society
Honorary Member, International Symmetry Society, 1992

Awards, etc.
Academy prize for authors, Budapest, 1977
Academy prize for book critics, Budapest, 1979
O. Hassel Lectureship, University of Oslo, 1981
F. Torok Lectureship, University of Arkansas, 1986
Best Journal Issue Award by the Association of American Publishers, 1986
Joint Research Award of the Hungarian and Soviet Academies of Sciences, 1988
Dozor Visiting Professor, Israel, 1991
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Visiting Professor, 1992
Presentation and Introduction to the Academy of Sciences, Institut de France, Paris, 1993
Kaskan Lectureship, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1994
The Japan Academy, Visiting Professor, 1994
The Royal Society, Visiting Professor, Birkbeck College, London, 1994
First George A. Olah Lectureship, USC, Los Angeles, 1996
Szechenyi State Prize of Hungary (shared w/M. Hargittai), 1996
Krengel Visiting Professorship, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1996
Keynote Speaker (w/M. Hargittai), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1996
Scheduled: Wenner-Gren Distinguished Lectureship, Stockhom, Sweden, October, 1996
Laboratory of Molecular Sciences Distinguished Lecturer, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, May, 1999

Research Interest
Structural chemistry; sulfur and silicon stereochemistry; coordination compounds; metal halides; unstable species; high-temperature chemistry; gas-phase electron diffraction; combined use of experimental techniques and theoretical chemistry; gas/solid structure differences; intramolecular and intermolecular interactions; models of molecular geometry; history and culture of chemistry; general problems of symmetry, great scientific discoveries and scientists of the 20th century.

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