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102. Chemistry and Chemical Biochemistry[X]
1Name:  Dr. Richard N. Zare
 Institution:  Stanford University
 Year Elected:  1991
 Class:  1. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
 Subdivision:  102. Chemistry and Chemical Biochemistry
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1939
The Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University, Richard N. Zare is renowned for his research in the area of laser chemistry, resulting in a greater understanding of chemical reactions at the molecular level. By experimental and theoretical studies he has made seminal contributions to our knowledge of molecular collision processes and contributed very significantly to solving a variety of problems in chemical analysis. His development of laser induced fluorescence as a method for studying reaction dynamics has been widely adopted in other laboratories. Dr. Zare has received numerous honors and awards for his research and his teaching, including the National Medal of Science (1983), the American Chemical Society's Harrison Howe Award (1985) and Willard Gibbs Medal (1990) and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2005). He has given named lectures at numerous universities, authored and co-authored over 700 publications and more than 50 patents and published four books, including a popular textbook on the topic of angular momentum in quantum systems. A graduate of Harvard University (Ph.D., 1964), where he studied with Dudley Herschbach, Dr. Zare has previously served on the faculties of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado and Columbia University. A former chairman of the National Science Board, he was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1976.
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