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04-17-2006

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Recognized for His Lifetime Accomplishments in Electroanalysis and Teaching

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"It is truly a pleasure and an honor to have worked with Petr and have him as a colleague," says James Rusling '80, a Clarkson alumnus who earned his Ph.D. in chemistry under Zuman. Rusling, a professor at the University of Connecticut, authored the editorial. "The electrochemical community is proud to honor Petr at this time for the adversities he has overcome during his life and for the many contributions he has made to the field." Petr Zuman

Zuman was born January 1926, in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He graduated from Charles University in Prague and in 1950 obtained his Ph.D. under the direction of Nobel Prize winner J. Heyrovsky, with whom he worked for 18 years at the Polarographic Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.

Zuman joined Clarkson University in 1970 as a professor of chemistry. During the next 27 years he taught 26 different courses in various areas of basic and applied chemistry. He won several awards, as well as numerous visiting professorships at institutions around the world. In 1997, Zuman retired from his position as a full-time professor at Clarkson and has since continued as Distinguished Emeritus Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry, where he currently supervises three graduate and one undergraduate students.

Zuman's research focused on mechanisms of organic reactions using polarographic, voltammetric and kinetic measurements. Most of these studies involved biologically important compounds and their investigations are essential both for development of analytical methods and for their contribution to a better understanding of biological activity. He is a prolific author with well over 420 papers and 15 books published; many considered classics in electrochemical analysis. Zuman has been a member of the editorial board of the Microchemical Journal, Analytical Letter, the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry and others.

Zuman represents two faces of education at Clarkson University -- teaching and research.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Petr Zuman Clarkson Chemistry Distinguished Emeritus Research Professor (c) has been honored in the 2006 issue of Electroanalysis magazine. Shown with Zuman (l-r) are graduate students Eliona Kulla, Hayati Celik, Melek Baymak and Nuha Salem.

[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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