Special lectures bring prominent scientists to Carnegie Mellon.
Carnegie Mellon is proud to award the Dickson Prize each year, which brings the best in a variety of scientific fields to the Pittsburgh campus for a public lecture and interactions with faculty and students.
In addition to regular department seminars and colloquia, departments within the Mellon College of Science also host named lecture series, which are free and open to the public, that bring distinguished scientists to campus:
The Buhl Chair in Theoretical Physics was established at Carnegie Mellon by the Buhl Foundation in 1961 in support of an outstanding theoretical scientist who would both impact theoretical research and help establish directions for experimental investigations. Each year the Buhl Professor invites an internationally recognized scientist to give the Buhl Lecture, a public lecture on a topic of current interest in Physics.
This lecture is named after John F. Nash, Jr., who in 1948 earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He earned his doctoral degree from Princeton University in 1950. In 1994, Nash, along with John Harsanyi and Reinhard Selten, received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their pioneering analysis of equilibria in the theory of non-cooperative games. This work, sometimes called the Nash Equilibrium, has greatly influenced research in economics and finance.
The biennial lectures bring leaders in the field of computational chemistry to campus to honor Nobel Laureate John A. Pople’s contributions to science. Pople, who received the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was affiliated with Carnegie Mellon and the Mellon Institute for more than 30 years. His work was integral to launching the field of computational quantum chemistry. The computational methods he and his students developed made possible the first principles study of molecules, their properties and interactions in chemical reactions. Chemists worldwide are still using computer programs based on Pople’s work.