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Richard Bernstein
Fields Chemical Physicist
Chemical Kineticist
Institutions University of Wisconsin–Madison
Doctoral students Robert J. LeRoy
Known for Femtochemistry
LeRoy-Bernstein Theory
LeRoy-Bernstein Distance

Richard Barry Bernstein (1923 – 1990) was an American physical chemist. He is primarily known for his researches in chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics by molecular beam scattering and laser techniques. He is credited with having founded femtochemistry, which laid the groundwork for developments in femtobiology. Among his awards were the National Medal of Science and the Willard Gibbs Award, both in 1989.

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