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Richard N. Zare
Born November 19, 1939(1939-11-19)
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Residence  USA
Nationality American
Fields Chemist
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Dudley Herschbach
Doctoral students Hongkun Park

Peter Rakitzis

William R Simpson (chemist)

Richard Neil Zare (born November 19, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American physical chemist. He is Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University.



Zare earned his B.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1964 in physical and analytical chemistry at Harvard University under the direction of Dudley Herschbach.

Academic career

Zare is well known for his research in laser chemistry, resulting in a greater understanding of chemical reactions at the molecular level. He has also written a widely used textbook on the topic of angular momentum in quantum systems. He is member of the editorial advisory boards of several scientific publications, among them Chemistry World, Angewandte Chemie, Central European Journal of Chemistry, "Journal of Separation Sciences" and the "Chinese Journal of Chromatography". [1] [2]

Zare is the author of various academic papers involving the research of the spectroscopy of chemical compounds.[3]

Zare has been involved in astrobiology.[4] [5] He is co-author of a paper forwarding the hypothesis that a meteorite from Mars, ALH84001, contained traces of Martian life.[6] Other researchers have questioned these findings and they remain controversial.

Zare has been involved in public speaking in his home area of Silicon Valley and around the world.[7]

Award and Fellowships

Fresenius Award, 1974; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1976; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1976; Member, American Philosophical Society, 1991; Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London, 1999; Michael Polanyi Medal, 1979; Earle K. Plyler Prize, 1981; Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Award, 1983; National Medal of Science, 1983; Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics, 1985; Michelson-Morley Award, 1986; Kirkwood Medal, 1986; Willard Gibbs Medal, 1990; Peter Debye Award, 1991; National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences, 1991; Dannie-Heineman Preis, 1993; The Harvey Prize, 1993; ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Chemical Instrumentation, 1995; The Bing Fellowship Award, 1996; California Scientist of the Year Award, 1997; ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry, 1998; E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, 1999; Welch Award in Chemistry, 1999; Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, 2000; Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education, 2000; Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, 2001; Faraday Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2001; Laurance and Naomi Carpenter Hoagland Prize, 2003; Foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2004; Foreign member Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, P.R.C., 2004; James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry, Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, 2004; The ACS (New York Section) Nichols Medal, 2004, Wolf Prize in Chemistry 2005,[8] [9] [10] and the Priestley Medal in 2010 [11]

Representative Publications

  • "Hadamard Transform Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry: More Signal, More of the Time," F. M. Fernández, J. R. Kimmel, and R. N. Zare, Angewandte Chemie,42, 30-35 (2003).
  • "Chemical Cytometry on a Picoliter-Scale Integrated Microfluidic Chip," H. Wu, A. R. Wheeler and R. N. Zare, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (USA) 101, 12809-12813 (2004).
  • "Laser Control of Chemical Reactions," R. N. Zare, Science, 279, 1875-1879 (1998).
  • "Anatomy of Elementary Chemical Reactions," A. J. Alexander and R. N. Zare, J. Chem. Ed.,75, 1105-1118 (1998).
  • "Observation and Interpretation of a Time-Delayed Mechanism in the Hydrogen Exchange Reaction," S. C. Althorpe, F. Fernández-Alonso, B. D. Bean, J. D. Ayers, A. E. Pomerantz, R. N. Zare, and E. Wrede, Nature 416, 67-70 (2002).


  • Angular Momentum: Understanding Spatial Aspects in Chemistry and Physics (1988) ISBN 0471858927
  • Laser Experiments for Beginners (with Bertrand H. Spencer, Dwitght S. Springer) (1995) ISBN 0935702369
  • Angular Momentum: Understanding Spatial Aspects in Chemistry and Physics and Companion to Angular Momentum (with Valeria D. Kleiman, Hongkun Park, and Robert J. Gordon) (1998) ISBN 0471244783
  • Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, Volume 1 (with Edward S. Yeung) (2008) ISBN 0824344014
  • A Companion to Angular Momentum (with Valeria D. Kleiman, Hongkun Park, Robert J. Gordon) (2009) ISBN 047119249X


  1. ^ Richard N. Zare, Stanford University 2005, doi:10.1039/b504927j
  2. ^ A Quest for Fun (Profile of Richard Zare) from November 1, 2007 issue of Analytical Chemistry doi:10.1021/ac071983m
  3. ^ Radicals shake up molecules in a tug o' war 2008-07-03
  4. ^ Introducing Dr. Richard Zare's Lecture: Life On Mars 1996-08-08
  5. ^ NASA Astrobiology projects and publications
  6. ^ McKay D. S., Gibson E. K., ThomasKeprta K. L., Vali H., Romanek C. S., Clemett S. J., Chillier X. D. F., Maechling C. R., Zare R. N. (1996). "Search for past life on Mars: Possible relic biogenic activity in Martian meteorite ALH84001". Science 273: 924-930. doi:10.1126/science.273.5277.924
  7. ^ Sex, Lies and Title IX, Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium, 2007-10-11
  8. ^ Richard Zare named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor 2006-04-04
  9. ^ Howard Hughes Medical Institute profile
  10. ^ Chemistry Prof. Richard Zare wins Wolf Prize 2005-01-31
  11. ^ Zare Named Priestley Medalist 2009-06-10

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