Sven E. Harnung appointed honorary member of the Danish Chemical Society – University of Copenhagen

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04 December 2013

Sven E. Harnung appointed honorary member of the Danish Chemical Society


At the Society's annual meeting, held at the H.C. Ørsted Institute on 28.11.2013, Associate Professor of inorganic chemistry Sven E. Harning was appointed as honorary member of the Danish Chemical Society. Sven has been a member of the Society for 50 years. During this period, he has served as a board member (1973-77 and 2001-04), helped found the inorganic chemistry section (1971) and has continued to be an active member within the Society.

Important contributions

Sven took part in the revision of the Chemical Society’s by-laws in 1974, 1983 and 2001 and he has made significant contributions to Danish chemistry in general. He has served as the Head of Department at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Chemistry, member of the National Committee for Chemistry (1973-2007) and an IUPAC fellow (2006).

Crucial supplement for touring students

Sven also sat on the board of the journal Acta Scandinavica (1980-2004) and handled the transfer of the journal to the English chemistry association (Royal Society of Chemistry). Profits from Acta gave a significant economic boost to the Chemistry Society’s travel fund. The fund helps finance the educational travels of young Danish chemists to conferences and further education stays at universities abroad.

High level of activity at ripe age

From 2006-2007, Sven was one of the architects behind the digital version of Acta Chemica Scandinavica, which has placed the journal online, in its entirety, for free. But there is no resting upon laurels! After more than 40 years as an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, Sven is now Associate Professor Emeritus and continues to actively conduct research. In 2013, Sven and Matthew S. Johnson published the first-ever advanced environmental chemistry textbook, Chemistry and Environment, released by the renown publishing house, Cambridge University Press.

A reception will be held during the spring.