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Karle Symposium

Designed and run by graduate students, the Isabella and Jerome Karle Symposium is a venue for sharing exciting research taking place within the Department of Chemistry. 

The symposium is named in honor of Isabella and Jerome Karle, distinguished graduates of the Department in physical chemistry. They pursued illustrious careers at the United States Naval Research Laboratory where they focused on the development and advancement of X-ray crystallography methods, retiring in 2009. Isabella and Jerome worked together to improve upon these methods needed to analyze and understand complex biomolecules. Jerome was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1985, but he always felt Isabella should have received it as well. She has received the National  Medal of Science.

Both Isabella and Jerome Karle received their doctorates in physical chemistry from the University of Michigan. Isabella received her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan before the age of 23. The two pursued illustrious careers at the United States Naval Research Laboratory.

Archives of previous symposia, including speakers and winners of travel awards, are available on the Karle Symposium site. For several years, the event was known as the Vaughan Symposium, and before that PECRUM.

Go to the: Karle Symposium Archive