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What is the legacy of Gerhard Herzberg? Why is he important to remember today?

In this video, former colleagues and friends speak of Herzberg as a man, as a teacher, as a scientist, and as a Nobel Laureate to answer these questions.

*At around 2:55, Dr. John Stone mentions Deuterium Cyanide, which should be abbreviated as DCN, and not DCM, which refers to very commonly used solvent; Dichloromethane.

Recollections of Herzberg – Colleague Submissions

A Role Model for Research Integrity

When I began work as an administrator at the National Research Council of Canada in 1987, I felt a bit overwhelmed and even inadequate. My skill and comfort with science did not grow overnight, but I remember the day when I recognized a coherence in the disparate disciplines and first felt a degree of ease…

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Herzberg As My Mentor

After the success of CH2 in 1958 Herzberg and Douglas started the second round of hiring. Unlike the first, the new staffs were selected from among the 5 or so postdoctoral fellows which the group introduced every year. J. W. C. Johns was appointed in 1961 and J. T. Hougen in 1962. Then I was…

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Recalling Herzberg

When I came to the National Research Council as a post-doctoral fellow in late 1969, Dr. Herzberg’s laboratory was a Mecca for molecular spectroscopy both experimental and theoretical. It was a time when the field was advancing rapidly with the development of microwave spectrometers and understanding the spectra of non-rigid molecules. 

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