Paul Grant ’53 to Present Annual Herzog Lecture on “A Life Journey in Physics and Beyond”

Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Physicist Paul GrantThis year’s Herzog Lecture will be presented by physicist Paul Grant ’53 on Thursday May 17th at 10:30 AM. His talk is entitled, “A Life Journey in Physics and Beyond”. Now in its 18th year, the Herzog Lecture was established by Daniel Herzog ’70 in memory of his father, Dr. Hershel Herzog, a distinguished chemist and pharmaceutical executive who was instrumental in developing several popular antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs. In keeping with a science and technology theme, the series has brought speakers from many fields to speak to the Oakwood community, bringing science inquiry to life and  encouraging students to consider career paths in science. 

Following his high school graduation in 1953, Paul Grant attended Clarkson University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, followed by a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1965.  His doctoral thesis was one of the pioneer experiments in the current field of topological semiconductors.  After a long career with IBM, Grant achieved appointment as a Science Fellow at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto where he collaborated with the DOE and the staff of our national laboratories on power applications of superconductivity, smart grid technologies and climate change mitigation strategies.  He is also a Senior Life Fellow of the American Physical Society.