About Roald HoffmannRoald Hoffmann, born Roald Safran on July 18, 1937 in Zolotchiv, Poland, is an American chemist and poet. He is joint winner with Ken'ichi Fukui of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. From the 1950s, he became interested in poetry and subsequently showed a taste for German and Russian literature. He started writing poetry in the mid-1970s, but his first poem was published in 1984. His poems appeared in numerous magazines and were translated into French, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish. His first collection, The Metamict State, was first published by the University of Central Florida Press in 1987, as was his second collection, Gaps and Verges, published in 1990. He received the Pergamon Press Fellowship in Literature in 1988 in Woodside, California, where he resided for three years.
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