UH Home UH Search
1978-79 › Ralph Becker
1979-80 › Richard Evans
1980-81 › Gertrud B. Pickar
1981-82 › Don Kouri
1982-83 › Fredell Lack
1983-84 › Dan Luss
1984-85 › Neal Amundson
1985-86 › Juan Oró
1986-87 › Robert Hazelwood
1987-88 › John M. Ivancevich
1988-89 › Abraham E. Dukler
1989-90 › Cynthia Macdonald
1991 › John Lienhard
1992 › Sidney Berger
1993 › J. Wayne Rabalais
1994 › Simon Moss
1995 › Nicolás Kanellos
1996 › James Symons
1997 › Martin Golubitsky
1998 › James Gibson
1999 › Mark Rothstein
2000 › Paul Chu
2001 › Michael A. Olivas
2002 › Roland Glowinski
2003 › Arnold Eskin
2004 › Allan Jacobson

1981-82 › Don Kouri
4th Farfel Recipient

Department of Chemistry
Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Donald Kouri joined the University of Houston in 1967 and was named Cullen Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in 1996. Throughout his career he has pioneered in the study of molecular collision theory, an interdisciplinary blend of physics, chemistry, and mathematics. To Professor Kouri, collision processes “are the underlying phenomena that constitute the heart of chemistry.” Typical of all Farfel recipients, Kouri has followed where his learning has led him. He’s taught and carried out research in Israel and Germany, and participated in international conferences throughout the world.

Professor Kouri’s newest work is in digital signal processing, which can be applied to a variety of industrial and medical needs, including the fight against breast cancer. “Signal processing is at the cornerstone of what we’ll be doing in the future,” he explains. “This will be the dominant technique of the next century.” In his teaching, Professor Kouri focuses on leading students to see how mathematics relates to the real world. “I try to help students learn that mathematical equations are very compact statements that communicate how things behave.”

In 1998, Professor Kouri received the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award. He has also won the National Science Foundation’s Special Creativity Award and numerous other citations recognizing his work and dedication to science. He greatly values the “pat on the back” that receiving the Farfel gave him for his groundbreaking research. “You never really know what’s going to lead to important advances for mankind,” he believes. “Society needs people who have that kind of freedom and flexibility.”

Next recipient

State of Texas Compact with Texans Statewide Search Homeland Security UH System Privacy and Policies Copyright Site Map Contact UH Feedback