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Chemistry professor earns top Fulbright prize

by Cindy Hess, communications and marketing last modified Apr 16, 2013 01:15 PM

University of Louisville chemistry professor G.B. Hammond has been named a 2014 Fulbright Distinguished Chair.

Chemistry professor earns top Fulbright prize

G.B. Hammond

The award is among the Fulbright Scholar Program’s most prestigious and typically is given to fewer than 50 educators each year.

A professor and endowed chair, Hammond will use the award to travel to Sao Paulo University, Brazil, where he will conduct lectures and collaborate with colleagues.

“One of my objectives is to build bridges between Latin American and U.S. educators and researchers,” Hammond said. “Brazil is becoming a powerhouse both scientifically and economically, so it makes sense to collaborate.”

Hammond has earned accolades for his work involving fluorine, an element used in many industrial applications. His professional accomplishments include being appointed as program chair for the National Science Foundation’s chemistry division (2007–2009), writing nearly 140 publications, holding five patents and having been a visiting professor at some of the world’s most prominent universities.

A native of Peru, Hammond earned his doctoral degree from the University of Birmingham, England.

Fulbright awards are administered by the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This is Hammond’s second Fulbright award.

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