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02-16-2000

Clarkson's Fendler Receives Honorary Degree In Hungary

János H. Fendler of Potsdam, CAMP Distinguished Professor of the Chemistry Department at Clarkson University, recently received an honorary degree from József Attila University in Szeged, Hungary.

The doctor honoris causa was conferred upon Fendler for his internationally recognized work in chemistry as well as 10 years of collaborative research with colleagues at Attila University.

“It’s always nice when one of the best universities in Hungary recognizes you,” said Fendler, who left his native Hungary at 19 and in 1990 returned for the first time as a professional.  “It’s quite an honor.

Fendler says the awards are nice, but teaching is just as satisfying.

“The most rewarding thing for me is to have my students become well-respected in their fields and become good professors,” he said.  “You get a sense

Fendler’s research interests include nanoparticles and the self-assembly of ultra-thin nanometer-scale films.  He received a doctorate of science in membrane mimetic chemistry and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of London.

Fendler has been teaching at Clarkson since 1996.  Before that, he taught at Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, and the Université de Montréal, and was a fellow in the Radiation Research Laboratories at the Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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