Polanyi, John

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Polanyi, John Gender: M
John Charles Polanyi
born on 23 January 1929
Place Berlin-Mitte, Germany, 52n30, 13e22
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Hewitt
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John Polanyi
photo: Vogler, license cc-by-sa-4.0


German-Canadian scientist, a physical chemist who has taught at the University of Toronto since 1956. His work on the dynamics of chemical reactions is considered pioneering , leading to the development of lasers. In 1986, he won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. In addition to his scientific interests, he is actively involved with public affairs. He has written widely on nuclear disarmament, missile defense, human rights and the social roles of scientists. For more than 40 years he has been an active member of a global organization of scholars promoting peace, the International Pugwash Movement. He founded the Canadian arm of that group and headed it for nearly twenty years. He has personal experience with the ravages of war and aggrandizement; in 1933, his family fled the Nazi regime.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Herzberg, Gerhard (born 25 December 1904). Notes: Working in his lab


  • Family trauma 1933 (fled the Nazis)
  • Work : Prize 1986 (Nobel in chemistry)

Source Notes

Hewitt Collection, citing Time magazine 12/22/2003


  • Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (active in organizations promoting peace)
  • Vocation : Science : Chemistry
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize