Mala Radhakrishnan

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In existographies, Mala Radhakrishnan (23- AE) (1978- ACM) (SPE:54|66AE) (FET:51) (SNE:13) (CR:19) (LH:6) (TL:19) is an American chemistry professor, computational biophysical chemist, and chemistry poet (Levin, 2011), noted for her 2003 Chemistry of the Couch Potato, twenty poems of which found there way into her 2011 collected works poetry chemistry book Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances, illustrated by American biochemist Mary O'Reilly, a collected set of 50 poems, written over a period of ten years, which employ a mix of poetry and easy-to-understand analogies, e.g. “Sex and the City” (television) to “Sex and Acidity” (poetry), to formulate what seems to be Empedocles-style / Dr. Seuss mix of poetically-rhymed chemistry aphorisms and humanized stories.[1]


In 1998, Radhakrishnan, while a chemistry and physics student (BS Harvard 2000; PhD physical chemistry, MIT 2007), began to write chemical-stylized poetry, which she tested at local poetry jam sessions, becoming known around Boston as the “chemistry poet”; publishing them in: Chemistry for the Couch Potato (2003), Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances (2011), Thinking, Periodically: Poetic Life Notions in Brownian Motion (2018). In 2012, via handle @AtomicRomances, she began Tweeting 100s of philosophically-laded social-family style, physical chemistry themed rhymes, over 420+ Tweets by Jul 2014.

Reaction coordinate

A visual synopsis of a the basic human synthesis reaction, showing Radhakrishnan's 2016 Tweet about people being subjects on a reaction coordinate.

In 2016, Radhakrishnan Tweeted about higher powers[2] and reaction coordinates, as follows:

“What if we're all just subjects, subordinate / To some higher power's reaction coordinate?”
— Mala Radhakrishnan (2016), Tweet (Ѻ), Dec 21

The following are Tweets or quotes related to this purview:

“A positive force that makes everything better / A mother's the nucleus that holds us together.”
— Mala Radhakrishnan (2018), Thinking Periodically (pg. 12) [3]
“To apply thermodynamics to the problem of how [a] life got started, we must ask what net energy ΔH and entropy ΔS changes [occurred when] chemical substances, present when the [humans] were young, were converted into living matter, as in the formation of a mouse [or child]. To answer this question [for each process], we must determine the energies and entropies of everything in the initial state and final state.”
Martin Goldstein (1993), The Refrigerator and the Universe (pgs. 297-99)


Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Radhakrishnan:

“When I think of chemistry, I always think of what are the atoms ‘feeling’ on a molecular and atomic level and in a lot of ways, the reactions that they experience are similar to the relationships that people experience.”
— Mala Radhakrishnan (2011), BBC Interview on her chemistry poetry

End matter


  1. Levine, Mindy. (c.2011). “Dr. Mala L. Radhakrishnan: an Interview”, The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.
  2. Higher power – Hmolpedia 2020.
  3. Radhakrishnan, Mala L. (2018). Thinking, Periodically: Poetic Life Notions in Brownian Motion (Amz). CreateSpace.

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