Istvan Hargittai is a research chemist and educator at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Europaea. He has a Dr. rer. nat. degree from Eotvos University, Ph.D. and D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Dr. h.c. from Moscow University and also from the Russian Academy of Sciences, and D.Sc. h.c. from the University of North Carolina. He has a broad interest in symmetry and in 20th century science. His latest books on symmetry, co-authored with his fellow scientist and spouse, Magdolna Hargittai, include "Visual Symmetry" (World Scientific 2009) and "Symmetry through the Eyes of a Chemist" (3rd Edition, Springer 2009; 2010). Hargittai’s recent books on 20th century science include the six-volume “Candid Science” book series (with Magdolna Hargittai and Balazs Hargittai, Imperial College Press 2000-2006); “The Martians of Science” (Oxford University Press 2006; 2007); “Judging Edward Teller” (Prometheus 2010); and “Drive and Curiosity” (Prometheus 2011). The Hargittais have two grown children; both are tenured professors: Balazs, a Ph.D. in chemistry, is at St. Francis University (Loretto, Pennsylvania) and Eszter, a Ph.D. in sociology is at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).