Faraday Lectureship Prize 2012 Winner

Professor Richard Saykally
Professor Richard Saykally
University of California, Berkeley

For the development of powerful new spectroscopic technology and its application in pioneering studies of molecular ions, water clusters, liquid water and aqueous solutions and their surfaces. 

About the Winner

Born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and educated at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison, Rich Saykally has been a professor at the University of California, Berkeley since 1979. He and his students have pioneered many important advances in spectroscopy, including velocity modulation spectroscopy of ions, terahertz laser vibration-rotation-tunneling spectroscopy of clusters, infrared photon counting spectroscopy, cavity ringdown spectroscopy, and X-ray spectroscopy of liquid microjets. These have permitted the first detailed study of important textbook molecules, including the hydronium (H3O+), hydroxide (OH-) and ammonium (NH4+) ions, as well as small water clusters and carbon clusters.

A co-author of over 380 publications that have been cited over 24,000 times(H index= 77), the recipient of over 70 honors and awards from 9 different countries, Saykally is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has recently received the E.O. Lawrence Award in Chemistry from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Hinshelwood Lectureship from Oxford University, the Inaugural International Solvay Chair in Chemistry from the Solvay Institutes of Belgium, the Peter DeBye Award in Physical Chemistry from the ACS, the J.C. Bose Lectureship from IACS-Kolkata.

He is a UC-Berkeley Distinguished Teacher, and has been active at the national level in science education.
Over 150 students and postdocs have trained under his direction, many of whom hold prominent positions in academic, government, and industrial institutions.

Saykally currently holds The Class of 1932 Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry.

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