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Roald Hoffmann
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Roald Hoffmann
BornJuly 18, 1937
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materStuyvesant High School
Columbia University
Harvard University
Known forreaction mechanisms
Awards1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Scientific career
InstitutionsCornell University

Roald Hoffmann (born July 18, 1937)[1] is a Polish-born American theoretical chemist of Jewish descent.[2] He won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He currently teaches at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

He was born in Zloczov, Poland (now Ukraine)[3]

Hoffmann survived The Holocaust and moved to the United States in 1949.


  1. Hoffmann's birth name was Roald Safran. Hoffmann is the surname adopted by his stepfather in the years after World War II
  2. "Famous Scientists". July 1, 2010. 
  3. "Roald Hoffmann – Facts".