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The Rise and Fall of Hendrik Schön: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud

Presented by Prof. Paul McEuen, Cornell University

 

In 2001, Hendrik Schön was the brightest star in condensed matter physics. The young researcher from Bell Labs was on an unprecedented streak, publishing groundbreaking papers on everything from lasers to molecular electronics at a rate of one paper every eight days. He had awards, job offers from major universities, and was on the fast track to a Nobel Prize. A year later, it all came crashing down. In this talk, we'll look at the rise and fall of Schön — how it happened, what went wrong, and what we can do to keep scientific fraud in check in the future.

 

Short bio: Professor Paul L. McEuen is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics at Cornell University. His scientific work focuses on the nanoscale, from nanotube transistors ten thousand times thinner than a human hair to ultra-strong graphene membranes only a single atom thick. He received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University in 1991. He joined the faculty at UC-Berkeley in 1992 before coming to Cornell in 2001. Awards and honors include a Packard Foundation Fellowship, a National Young Investigator Fellowship, and the Agilent Europhysics Prize. He is also a writer, and his debut novel SPIRAL, a scientific thriller, was published by Random House in March 2011.

 

 

See the schedule for date and time of this talk, http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/cnf_ccmrreutalks.html


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