I one day asked my friend who his favorite writer is and he responded with a puzzle, writing something on a piece of paper that looks like:
I need your help. Who is my friend's favorite writer?
Hint 1 (Edited, sorry about the typo)
One famous work by the writer is known by the quote,
My friend is working in the department of chemistry as a programmer
Hints 3-5 (added after @Alconja posted the accepted answer)
1337, Mendeleev, C2Kelvin