Dr. George Smith
Dr. George Smith, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018, is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree at Haverford College, a liberal arts institution much like Westminster in its size and mission, and at Mizzou soon established a reputation as an outstanding teacher and mentor. He strongly believes that science is a collaborative enterprise and that “breakthroughs” are seldom the result of grand individual efforts, and are often the collective results of what he sometimes calls “small science” done quietly in laboratories spread throughout the world.
Believing that scientists, like other citizens, should not confine their efforts to their professional work, but should engage themselves with the broader problems of society and the world, he has for many years been studying, writing, and speaking about the issue of human rights in Palestine.