Spring Lecture Series: Metals 1 and 2
March 21, 2017 - March 21, 2017
1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Join Dr. David Holah. There are less than 100 different naturally occurring atoms. Most are metals. This series is a largely historical account of their extractions, energies, properties, usefulness and toxicities and how they have impacted the lives of everyone from our Stone Age ancestors to the present.
A background in science is neither required, nor assumed. **Please note the special start time for talks in this series, taking place on Tuesday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in our Theatre. Each day will feature two talks. The first beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a complimentary refreshment break, and then a second talk the same afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The talks are related in theme, but also stand alone, so come to one, or come to them all!
1 p.m. The weird and wonderful world of the atom and the colorful and sometimes tragic lives of those whose work unlocked its secrets. How this led to our ability to readily analyse the metal content of Martian soil.
2:30 p.m. A brief history of smelting, (one of the most important discoveries in science), from copper smelting in 4000 BC to the present massive scale of iron and aluminum extraction. How properties of obscure metals have led to miniaturisation in the electronic industry, and the explosive development of computers and cell phones.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Dr. Holah held numerous teaching and research positions at research facilities, government agencies and universities in the US, UK and Canada; working, over the course of his career, in the fields of inorganic chemistry, Atomic Energy, and Pulp and Paper Research at locations including: the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland Ohio, the UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Laboratories at Harwell, UK, Utah State University, Iowa State University, McGill University and Smith College in Northampton, Mass.
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