In 1971, Dr. Gerhard Herzberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Find out how Herzberg's Nobel win marked an important moment in Canada's history and how his personal journey shaped our views on the values of science.

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2021 marked the 50th anniversary of German-Canadian scientist Dr. Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize Award in Chemistry. The prize was awarded in recognition of “his contributions to the knowledge of electronic structure and geometry of molecules, particularly free radicals.” (NSERC) In celebration of this anniversary, Defining Moments Canada, in collaboration with Heritage Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, University of Saskatchewan, and ESRI Canada, is leading a national commemorative and educational project: Herzberg50.

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