Lec 20 - TEDxCaltech - Eric Heller - Freak Waves: a Visual Pathway to Discovery. Eric Heller was born in Washington D.C. in 1946. He received his BS from the University of Minnesota in 1968, and his PhD in Chemical Physics in 1973 from Harvard University. After a postdoc at the University of Chicago, Rick joined the chemistry faculty at UCLA in 1975, becoming a Professor in 1981. In 1981 he took a sabbatical at Los Alamos National Laboratory, ultimately joining LANL as a staff scientist until 1984 when he accepted a faculty position in chemistry at the University of Washington. In 1993, he returned to Harvard as Professor of Physics, and assumed his present position of Professor of Physics and Chemistry in 1998. In 2009, Heller was appointed the Abbot and James Lawrence Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics at Harvard. About TEDx, x = independently organized event: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) On January 14, 2011, Caltech hosted TEDxCaltech, an exciting one-day event to honor Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate, Caltech physics professor, iconoclast, visionary, and all-around "curious character." Visit TEDxCaltech.com for more details.
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