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									                  Famous Chemist Biographical Presentation

        Chemistry is full of famous but real people who, while maybe a little more
intelligent than the rest of us, lead real lives. In order to acquaint you with the characters
of chemistry, each pair of students will give a presentation on a chosen famous chemist
(from the list below). The presentations are a chance to educate your fellow classmates
and professor on the contributions of chemists but also and most importantly to give a
glimpse of who the chemist really was as a person. Lastly, we hope that you learn to
function well in a group and that you begin to meet more of the people with whom you
will spend the next four years.

Presentations may include the following information:

   1.   Biographical Trivia - birth, death, etc.
   2.   Educational Background
   3.   Contribution(s) to Chemistry/Science
   4.   Historical times in which the Scientist lived.
        Suggestion: Two or three historical facts or events during his or her life time.
   5.   Family life
   6.   Personality quirks/characteristics
   7.   Job history
   8.   Hobbies
   9.   Political views

Other presentation guidelines:

        The presentation should be 8-10 minutes. You should also expect questions after
your talk. Each presentation should be made with PowerPoint and should employ the use
of a pointer.


        The project is worth 75 points. Five points are allotted for the submission of an
acceptable idea by the due date; 10 points for the outline; and 20 points of the project
from your peers. The last 40 points will be based upon the instructor’s evaluation of your
project. The grading will be based on the information presented, attractiveness, and
readability of the PowerPoint presentation.
Suggested Sources for Names:

You may find a list of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry at:

A much larger list of famous chemists may be found at:

You should strive to pick a person with an interesting biography, and someone devoted to
more than just chemistry and science.

Suggested Reference Materials:

Once you have identified your famous chemist, you should rely on references such as
encyclopedias, history of science textbooks and other similar sources. Do not use the
world-wide web as your sole source of information! Be sure to properly reference any
resources used. You should have at least 2 non-web-based references.

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