Faraday Lectureship Prize 2016 Winner
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley
Awarded for experimental and theoretical achievements that have redefined the study and understanding of fundamental chemical and photobiological processes in liquids, solutions and proteins
About the Winner
Graham Fleming was born in Barrow-in-Furness in 1949. After attending Barrow Grammar School, he studied Chemistry at Bristol University and did his PhD at the Royal Institution with George Porter as his advisor. He postdoced with G Wilse Robinson at Cal Tech amd the University of Melbourne before returning to the Royal Institution. In 1979, he moved to the University of Chicago and remained there for 18 years.
In 1997, he moved to the University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He is currently Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist at LBNL. He was the founding director of the Physical Biosciences Division of LBNL and of the Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) at Berkeley. He served as Deputy Laboratory Director of LBNL and Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley, during which periods many large multidisciplinary research initiatives and institutes were created at Berkeley and LBNL in areas such as biofueld, artificial photosynthesis, data science, global change biology and the theory of computing.
His current research interests are in condensed phase dynamics and in ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy to study such dynamics. Early in his career, Fleming made major contributions to the understanding of activated barrier crossing, polar solvation, and photosynthetic electron transfer. He introduced wave packet interferometry, and provided the basis for nonlinear spectroscopic studies of reaction dynamics and of solvation dynamics. A particular emphasis in his research is in photosynthetic light harvesting and its regulation via nonphotochemical quenching. He has been a leader in the development of multidimensional optical spectroscopy with his most recent innovation being the development of two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy.
Professor Fleming's Webpage
University of California, Berkeley
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