Allen J. Bard
Allen Joseph Bard
December 18, 1933
|Education||Bronx High School of Science|
|Alma mater||City College of New York (BS)|
Harvard University (MS, PhD)
|Institutions||University of Texas at Austin|
California Institute of Technology
Allen Joseph Bard (born December 18, 1933) is an American chemist. He is the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair Professor and director of the Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. Bard is considered a "father of modern electrochemistry" for his innovative work developing the scanning electrochemical microscope, his co-discovery of electrochemiluminescence, his key contributions to photoelectrochemistry of semiconductor electrodes, and co-authoring a seminal textbook.
Early life and education
Allen J. Bard was born in New York City on December 18, 1933. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and graduated from the City College of New York in 1955. He then attended Harvard University, where he earned a Masters (1956) and a PhD (1958).
Research and career
In 1958 Bard began working at the University of Texas at Austin and has continued there for his entire career. However, he took a sabbatical in 1973 and worked in the lab of Jean-Michel Savéant. He also spent a semester at the California Institute of Technology as a Sherman Mills Fairchild Scholar. He lectured at Cornell University for the spring term in 1987 as a Baker Lecturer. In 1988 he served as the Robert Burns Woodward visiting professor at Harvard University.
Bard has published more than 1000 peer-reviewed research papers, 88 book chapters and other publications, and has more than 30 patents. He has written three books: Chemical Equilibrium; Electrochemical Methods – Fundamentals and Applications, and Integrated Chemical Systems: A Chemical Approach to Nanotechnology. The title, Electrochemical Methods – Fundamentals and Applications, is the defining text on electrochemistry in English, and generally referred to as just "Bard." He was the chief editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
The Center for Electrochemistry was founded in 2006 in order to create a cooperative and collaborative group between the different types of concentrations in electrochemistry. Bard and his group were one of the original researchers to take advantage of electrochemistry to create light. The creation of light produced a sensitive method of analysis that can now be applied to a wide variety of biological and medical uses, including determining if an individual has an HIV and analyzing DNA. The Bard group also "applies electrochemical methods to the study of chemical problems, conducting investigations in electro-organic chemistry, photoelectrochemistry, electrogenerated chemiluminescence, and electroanalytical chemistry."
Awards and honors
Among Bard's awards are the Priestley Medal in 2002 and the 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990. Bard was elected to Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1982.
On February 1, 2013, President Barack Obama presented Allen Bard and John Goodenough with National Medals of Science, one of the highest honors a scientist can hope to receive from the United States government. The medal honors people who have made incredible contributions to either science or engineering. "I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators," Obama said. "They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this nation great – and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment (The University of Texas at Austin Know)."
Bard was married to Fran Bard until her death in August 2016.
- "Allen J. Bard".
- Katherine B Holt; Allen J Bard (1 October 2005). "Interaction of silver(I) ions with the respiratory chain of Escherichia coli: an electrochemical and scanning electrochemical microscopy study of the antimicrobial mechanism of micromolar Ag+". Biochemistry. 44 (39): 13214–13223. doi:10.1021/BI0508542. ISSN 0006-2960. PMID 16185089. Wikidata Q46721295.
- Allen J. Bard publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
- Allen J. Bard Vita, retrieved December 12, 2013.
- Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications - Allen J. Bard, Larry R. Faulkner - Google Books
- Communications, Emmis (January–February 1987). "Campus briefs". The Alcalde. 75 (3): 31. ISSN 1535-993X.
- Center for Electrochemistry at UT
- "Electrochemistry's Shining Light", C&EN, 80(14), 39 (April 8, 2002).
- "For Creating New Field of Science, Texas Chemist Wins International Prize", January 23, 2008 Archived December 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved July 7, 2008.
- "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "President Obama Names Scientists Bard and Sessler as Enrico Fermi Award Recipients" DOE Press Release: January 13, 2014.
- King Faisal International Prize 2019
- "Society Awards". The Electrochemical Society. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- "Biography of Allen J. Bard". September 27, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
- The Bard Group at UT
- "Goodenough, Bard Win National Medals of Science"
- "Fran Bard". Austin American-Statesman. August 19, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2020.