The series is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Richard A. Chapman '54 and Barbara Madden Chapman '54. Hailing from Waxahachie, Texas, Dr. Chapman matriculated at Rice in 1950. An all-star tackle, Dr. Chapman was All-Southwest Conference twice, made several All-American teams and was a member of the Cotton Bowl All-Star team in the 1950s. Despite being a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions, Dr. Chapman decided to stay at Rice and pursue graduate degrees. After receiving a B.A. in physics in 1954, he began work under the tutelage of Professor Tom Bonner, a Rice physics professor for whom Bonner Nuclear Lab is named. Dr. Chapman earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in 1955 and 1957, respectively, writing his theses on neutron-producing reactions. After completing his degrees, Dr. Chapman worked for General Electric in its nuclear power reactor research and development department for two years and then joined Texas Instruments in 1959. During his career, Dr. Chapman authored 114 papers and was granted 42 U.S. patents. Dr. Chapman was the recipient of six Texas Instruments awards, three for patents on infrared sensing arrays and three for silicon integrated circuit technology.
Originally from Houston, Mrs. Barbara Dell Chapman earned her B.A. in English in 1954. She taught school with the Houston area public schools for one year, and then was a full-time homemaker raising the couple’s four children. Dr. and Mrs. Chapman are ardent supporters of their alma mater, Rice University.
The Chapman Lecture Series was created in 2007 to provide support to bring visiting scientists in nanotechnology, to include Natural Sciences and Electrical Engineering. Every two years, the host department switches between Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Natural Sciences.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - "Controlling Light-Matter Interactions on the Nanometer Scale"
Lukas Novotny, ETH Zurich
Host: Palash Bharadwaj
February 25, 2016 - "Tabletop X-Ray Lasers: From Star Wars to Nanotechnology"
Margaret Murnane, University of Colorado
Host: Isabell Thomann
March 25, 2013 - "The Nano-Gold Rush"
Jochen Feldmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU), Munich, Germany
Host: Kevin Kelly
March 7, 2012 - "The Science of Invisbility"
John Pendry, Imperial College London
Host: Naomi Halas
November 5, 2009 - "WONDER IN FLAT CARBON WORLD: Graphene"
Philip Kim, Columbia University
April 6, 2009 - "NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR STRETCHABLE ELECTRONICS: From Electronic Eyeballs to Brain Monitors"
John A. Rogers, University of Illinois