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LEADING THEORETICAL PHYSICIST TO SPEAK

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 11)--Dr. Michael Fisher, a former professor of physics at Cornell, Harvard, and Oxford universities, will speak at The Citadel on Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19. The addresses, part of The Citadel Physics Department's "Distinguished Physics Lecture" series, will be given in the Graham Copeland Auditorium in Grimsley Hall on The Citadel campus at 8:00 each evening.

     Tuesday night's address will explore the ways in which scientists attempt to understand reality and the role of the theorist in modern science. On Wednesday, Dr. Fisher will discuss the Scanning Tunneling Microscope and its ability to see atoms on surfaces. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

     After earning his doctoral degree from King's College, University of London in 1957, Michael Fisher taught theoretical physics first at King's College, then as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Cornell University. He currently holds the post of Regents Professor at the University of Maryland. Dr. Fisher has also held visiting positions at MIT, Harvard University, I.H.E.S. Paris, Tel Aviv University, and Oxford University.

     For his work in physical chemistry and statistical mechanics, Dr. Fisher has been awarded Britain's Guthrie Medal of the Institute of Physics, the Wolf Prize in Physics, and the Hildebrand Award of the American Chemical Society.

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