Issue Date: January 8, 2018
E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy: Richard J. Saykally
Sponsor: E. Bright Wilson Endowment
Citation: For the development of powerful new laser spectroscopy technology and its application for pioneering studies of molecular ions, water, and aqueous solutions and their surfaces.
Current position: Class of 1932 Endowed Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, and faculty senior scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; Ph.D., physical chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Saykally on what gets his creative juices flowing: “Discussing wild and crazy ideas with smart, creative students.”
What his colleagues say: “Rich developed powerful new laser spectroscopy technology and its application for pioneering studies of molecular ions, water, and aqueous solutions and their surfaces. Even more important than all the techniques Rich developed is the science he did with them.”—Ben McCall and Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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