Peter Mahaffy (2008)

Peter-MahaffyAffiliation at the time of the award: King’s University College, Chemistry.

Citation: For more than thirty years, Peter Mahaffy has dished up molecular gastronomy to the chemistry-starved while leading the chemistry-phobic into encounters with everyday science that empower them to make the world a better place.

Exposing the profound historical and philosophical roots that are feeding chemistry’s 21st century fruits, he has worked with numerous local, national and international partners to weave an innovative web of knowledge-sharing across disciplines and cultures. At his own university and in diverse global settings, he helps learners see and understand the complex and dynamic transformations that take place in chemistry’s “middle world,” between the infinitely small and the infinitely large.

Peter’s quest for the “Pedagogical Stone” creates its own complex and dynamic transformations as learners develop new understanding of the implications of scientific actions and reactions. This transformation occurs, for example, as he helps to guide the celebrated Flying Chemist Program, providing emerging countries with expertise to improve teaching and learning of Chemistry.

The temptation to welcome Peter Mahaffy to the 3M National Teaching Fellowships as our 3M Flying Fellow is impossible to resist.