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“The Useful Science of Paul Emmett,” Dr. Burtron Davis

Resident Scholar Lecture

April 30, 2009


Burtron Davis
Burtron Davis (University of Kentucky)

“The Useful Science of Paul Emmett”  Watch Video

Paul Emmett (1900-1985), the "Dean of Twentieth-Century Catalysis Chemistry," was a kind and talented man who enjoyed a long and distinguished career. Best known for his formulation, with Stephen Brunaur and Edward Teller, of the BET equation, Emmett also made major contributions to the scientific understanding of ammonia synthesis and the Fischer-Tropsch process. This lecture provides an overview of Emmett's major scientific achievements while also lending a glimpse into Emmett's habits and personality from one who knew him and has continued to study his work.

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