Single Collision Chemistry


Single Collision Chemistry


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1982-1983).

Dr. Herschbach, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University, was born in San Jose, California. He attended Stanford University and received a B.S. degree in mathematics in 1954 and an M.S. degree in chemistry in 1955. He continued graduate study at Harvard and received an A. M. in physics in 1956 and a Ph.D. degree in chemical physics in 1958.

Dr. Herschbach taught chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley from 1959 to 1963. He joined Harvard in 1963 and has been Baird Professor of Science since 1976. Dr. Herschbach was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science in 1964 and a member of the National Academy of Science in 1967. He was awarded the Pure Chemistry Prize of the American Chemical Society in 1965, the Spiers Medal of the Faraday Society in 1976, the Centenary Medal of the British Chemical Society in 1977, the Linus Pauling Medal in 1978, and the Michael Polanyi Medal in 1981. Dr. Herschbach, who has held numerous lectureships, was a visiting Professor at Gottingen University in 1963, a Guggenheim Fellow at Freiburg University in 1968, a visiting Fellow of the Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics in Boulder, Colorado in 1969, and a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology in 1976. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, a Consulting Editor for W. H. Freeman, and has served on several editorial boards. His Work The major theme of Dr. Herschbach's research has been the molecular dynamics of chemical reactions. He has developed molecular beam and spectrascopic techniques which allow the observation of reaction products immediately after the single collision events in which the new molecule are formed. He has applied quantum theory and statistical methods to a variety of problems in molecular structure and reaction rate theory. He has also pioneered the modem study of "van der Waals" complexes and oligomers in the gas phase.

His Lecture April 9, 1983: Single Collision Chemistry.



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April 9, 1983

Single Collision Chemistry