Alan MacDiarmid ; Douglas MacDiarmid; 2001; 2001.001

Name/Title

Alan MacDiarmid

About this object

Paris-based artist, Douglas MacDiarmid was born in New Zealand in 1922, and vitally involved with key movements in twentieth-century art. He was educated at the Caterbury University in Christchurch, and has been based in Paris since the late 1940's. Early in his career, he was associated with the avant-garde Christchurch 'group,' his sense of colour may have attributed to the teachings of Evelyn Page and MacDiarmid's admiration of Matisse.

Alan MacDiarmid recieved an M.Sc. degree from Victoria University and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Fullbright Scholar, and Cambridge University. After obtaining his second doctorate at Cambridge, he returned to the United States where he had a long and notable career at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, he shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery and development of electrically-conductive plastics. He was also awarded the Rutherford Medal in 2000, and was appointed a ember of the Order of New Zealand, the country's highest official honour, in 2002.

Douglas and Alan MacDiarmid were cousins. Douglas created this portrait of Alan following the invitation for a portrait competition in his honour. It is possible he was the sole competitor who even knew Alan. Douglas claimed that he would have painted him sooner or later, for reasons of his own. The portrait did not win the competition, but was considerably successful.

Maker

Douglas MacDiarmid

Date Made

2001

Medium and Materials

Acrylic on handmade paper

Measurements

990mm x 770mm

Subject and Association Keywords

MacDiarmid, Alan

Subject and Association Description

Alan MacDiarmid ONZM
1927-2007

New Zealand Nobel prize-winning scientist Alan MacDiarmid was born in Masterton. He received an Master of Science from Victoria University and Ph.D degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and Cambridge University. After obtaining his doctorate from Cambridge, Dr MacDiarmid returned to the USA where he had a long and notable career at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr MacDiarmid shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in chemistry with colleagues Alan Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa for the discovery and development of electrically-conductive plastics.

He was awarded New Zealand's top science award, the Rutherford Medal in 2000, and was appointed a Member of the Order of New Zealand, the country's highest official honour, in 2002.

Dr MacDiarmid died on 7 February 2007 in the USA, where he had lived for many years.

Credit Line

NZPG

Object number

2001.001

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