Cuban Chemical Congress

The Third International Cuban Chemical Congress, in Dec. 1998, covered all areas of chemistry and was especially rich in environmental chemistry and chemical education. Although handicapped by restricted communication with the United States and limited availability of some advanced technologies Cuban scientists continue to make significant contributions to science. Herb Hauptman who presented one of the plenary lectures at the Congress expressed grave concern about the lack of diffraction equipment in Cuba. A C & E News reporter noted that Hauptman 'invented' X-ray crystallographic equipment along with Nobel co-recipient chemist Jerome Karle. Herb and Jerry are thinking of inventing the light bulb next.