Monday, August 15, 2011

Conversations with Henry: Metathesis

Henry: You should have mentioned Jim Collman.

Me: You mean for his picket fence porphyrin work?

Henry: Yes. Of course modelling work has gone out fashion, and may never come back. These days it's always better to study the real systems. But Collman deserves a medal for one thing: he went on that consulting trip and came back and shared some of it. That one single group meeting inspired two future Nobel Prizes. That's gotta speak for something.

Me: Say, how come Banks never got any recognition either?

Henry: Well, you know those Swedes--they don't like dirty industries. Especially oil companies.

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