Upton, NY - Gösta Ekspong, a former member and chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physics, will give a lecture on "Alfred Nobel's Will" at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Tuesday, September 16, at 4 p.m. in the Laboratory's Berkner Hall. The lecture is the sixth in the BNL 50th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series, which features talks on various scientific topics throughout 1997 to celebrate Brookhaven's beginning a half-century ago. The talks are open to the public free of charge.
A Swedish chemist and inventor, Alfred Nobel (1833-96) created a worldwide chain of companies, developing and manufacturing explosives. He invented dynamite and the fuse, thereby improving the safety of explosives. Upon his death, Mr. Nobel left a will requesting that his fortune be used to establish annual awards in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace, which became known as the prestigious Nobel Prizes.
In his talk, Dr. Ekspong will discuss the problems that had to be surmounted in making sure Mr. Nobel's last wishes were fulfilled, since his will was contested by some of his relatives and questioned by the Swedish press and establishment.
A native of Sweden, Gösta Ekspong received a Ph.D. in physics from Uppsala University in 1955, and remained at the school as a member of the faculty until 1960. He then joined the faculty of Stockholm University as professor of physics, and he retired in 1988.
Dr. Ekspong has been a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, which awards Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry, since 1969; a member of the Nobel Committee for Physics, 1975-88, and its chairman, 1986-88; and trustee of the Nobel Foundation, 1980-92.
For more information on the lecture, call Brookhaven's Public Affairs Office at (516) 344-2345. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway.
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