John Charles Polanyi
Born: January 23, 1929
Place of Birth: Berlin, Germany
John Polanyi was born in Germany but his father moved his family to England in 1933.
Polanyi's father became a distinguished chemistry professor at the University of Manchester.
At age 11, because of World War II, John Polanyi was sent to live in Canada by his father.
After the war, he returned to England and decided to study at his father's institution completing his B.Sc. in 1949 and his doctorate degree in 1952.
In the same year, Polanyi emigrated to Canada where he worked briefly with Gerhard Herzberg at the National Research Council.
Soon he was employed by Princeton University until in 1956, John Polanyi accepted a lecturing position with the University of Toronto..
Polanyi became a full professor at Toronto in 1962 and distinguished himself by authoring reports, articles, and books.
He often dealt with the ethical concepts involved in science work, particular that dealing with armaments.
He became very interested in the study of molecules and what happens when they collide.
John Polanyi was awarded a share of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1986 with two other scientists.
His prize had centered on the study of infra-red radiation that was produced in the creation of molecules.
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