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01-15-2003

Clarkson Professor Egon Matijevic Donates Sculpture To University

Clarkson University Professor Egon Matijević and his wife Bozica have donated a sculpture by Italian artist Domenico Colanzi to the University in honor of Matijević’s 80th birthday and in celebration of his 45 years of professional service to Clarkson.

The bronze sculpture, titled “La Ricerca,” which means research, was presented to the University at a special dedication and reception held last fall at the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) building, where the sculpture will remain on display for the benefit of faculty, students and visitors.

“Clarkson is honored to accept this generous gift from the Matijevićs,” said Clarkson President Denny Brown. “For more than four decades Egon has enriched the intellectual and cultural life of our University and we are deeply appreciative of his contributions.”

The sculpture is the result of a unique collaborative design effort between the noted Italian artist Colanzi and Matijević, who have maintained a close friendship over the last two decades.  The sculpture features a bull, a creature that symbolizes an aggressive, charging approach, characteristics necessary for successful research.  Added to the central theme are sculptured colloidal particles, which were taken from original electron micrographs.

“There is a close relationship between science and art,” Matijević said during comments he offered at the sculpture’s unveiling. “There is no art without science and there is much art in science. Ask a mathematician who worked on a complicated problem, and he will tell you that he had come up with a beautiful solution, and the emphasis is on beautiful. There is also a common denominator to successful artists and scientists: creativity.”

Among other works of art that Matijević and his wife have donated to Clarkson are Colanzi’s “Battaglia,” which is displayed in the CAMP Robert A. Plane atrium, and “Mother and Child” by the foremost Australian sculptor Guy Boyd, which is located in the Library.

Now the Victor K. LaMer Chair of Chemistry, Matijević arrived at Clarkson in 1957 as a post-doctoral fellow. In 1965 he established the Institute of Colloid and Surface Science, the first of its kind in the U.S. He has received many honors nationally and internationally. Last summer, the American Chemical Society honored Matijević at its annual meeting with a special symposium in recognition of his lifetime of accomplishments in colloid chemistry and his pioneering work in monodispersed colloids.

He is also the only individual ever to receive all three major awards of the American Chemical Society in his field of colloid chemistry: The Kendall Award (1972), the Langmuir Distinguished Lecturer Award (1985), and the Ralph K. Iler Award (1993). He was awarded the Thomas-Graham Award in 1985, the highest award of the oldest colloidal society in the world, Germany's Kolloid Gesellschaft.

Matijević has published 550 papers and holds more than 12 patents. He still maintains a busy schedule lecturing and offering courses worldwide. He has delivered as many as 60 plenary and keynote lectures at meetings and symposia in dozens of countries.


[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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