Herschbach, a laureate since he took home the chemistry prize in 1986, made a special cameo as himself on “The Simpsons” Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XIV.”
This was Herschbach’s first experience as a cartoon, and he was satisfied with his animated, yellowed-self. “I thought it was a great improvement,” he said.
In the episode, which aired last night, Herschbach presents character Professor Frink with a Nobel Prize in science for reanimating his deceased father. The father runs amok during the ceremony, stealing the brains of several members of the audience and shoving them into his own head.
Having received a Nobel Prize himself, Herschbach noted that the show contained some startling inaccuracies. “They don’t actually go racing down the audience and attacking people,” he said.
Herschbach co-presents the award with Jennifer Garner, the star of ABC’s “Alias.” Unfortunately Herschbach did not have the opportunity to meet Garner.