from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hoffmann, Roald Born 1937. Polish-born American chemist. He shared a 1981 Nobel Prize for applying quantum-mechanics theories to the analysis of chemical reactions.

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  • n. Austrian architect known for his use of rectilinear units (1870-1956)
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  • n. German chemist (1818-1892)
  • n. United States chemist (born in Poland) who used quantum mechanics to understand chemical reactions (born in 1937)


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