SOURCE: ACS Hungarian Chapter

March 18, 2010 14:52 ET

The Hungarian Chapter of the American Chemical Society Establishes the "Csaba Horváth Memorial Lectureship"; The Inauguration Presentation Will Be Given by Professor Barry L. Karger of the Barnett Institute, Northeastern University

BOSTON, MA and BUDAPEST, HUNGARY--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) - The Hungarian Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS HC) announced today the establishment of the "Csaba Horváth Memorial Lectureship" to honor distinguished scientists and sustain the memory of Professor Csaba Horváth (1930-2004), a great Hungarian separation scientist, who was a professor of Chemical Engineering at Yale University (New Haven, CT). Professor Horváth is well known as one of the fathers of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).

"With the inauguration of this prestigious invited Lectureship, we intend to recognize the remarkable contribution of Professor Horváth to separation science. His pioneering work in HPLC had great impact on biomedical research, drug discovery and biotechnology," said Dr. Attila Pavlath, former president of the American Chemical Society and one of the founding members of the Hungarian Chapter. "Professor Horváth would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year and establishing this invited Lectureship will further foster the scientific relationships between Hungary and the United States."

"The ACS-HC Lectureship Committee selected Professor Barry L. Karger, James L. Waters Chair of Analytical Chemistry, Barnett Institute, Northeastern University, Boston to deliver the first 'Csaba Horváth Memorial Lectureship,'" announced Dr. Ferenc Darvas, head of the ACS-HC Lectureship Committee. "Prof. Karger has been contributing significantly to the field of bioseparation sciences on several fronts including liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and mass spectrometry to solve contemporary biomedical and biotechnology problems."

"It is very meaningful to me to have been chosen to present the first 'Csaba Horváth Memorial Lecture,'" said Professor Karger. "I counted Professor Horváth as a close friend and colleague. His contributions to HPLC and separation science were seminal."

The "Csaba Horváth Memorial Lectureship" will be held at 11 pm on March 19th, 2010 in the "Kisterem" of the historic building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. The title of Professor Karger's lecture is: "New Approaches to Protein Structure Analysis for the Life Sciences and Biotechnology."

The event is jointly organized by the Section of Chemical Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which will be represented by Prof. Kálmán Medzihradszky, President of the section, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The "Csaba Horváth Memorial Lectureship" is also supported by the Department of Chemical Engineering at Yale University (New Haven, CT), where a Horváth Distinguished Lecture Series was recently implemented.

About the Hungarian Chapter of the American Chemical Society (www.acshc.hu):

The Hungarian Chapter of the American Chemical Society was founded in 2002 by ACS members living and working in Hungary. At present, it is one of the three International Chapters of ACS. The aims of the organization are to develop strong ties between chemists in the United States and Hungary; augment the presence of ACS in Europe by organizing ACS courses, workshops and conferences in Hungary as well as support Hungarian chemists temporarily living and working in the United States.

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