Graham Fleming

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Graham R. Fleming (born 1949) is an American chemist, currently serving as professor at the University of California, Berkeley.[1] He was previously the vice chancellor for research[2] at the University of California, Berkeley, before resigning in a sexual harassment scandal.[3]


Fleming received a B.S. (with honors) degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol (1971) and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from the University College London (1974). He spent the next five years as a postdoctoral researcher at three institutions: California Institute of Technology (1974–1975); University of Melbourne (1975–1976); and the Royal Institution in the United Kingdom (1976–1979).

In 1979 Fleming received his first academic appointment, as assistant professor at University of Chicago (1979–1983). In 1983 he was appointed associate professor, and in 1985 he was made a full professor (A. H. Compton Distinguished Services Professor). He filled that position until 1997, when he accepted a dual position at the University of California, Berkeley as professor in Chemistry and as the first director of the Physical Bioscience Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; in 2002 he was given the chair of Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UCB. In April, 2009, Fleming was appointed UCB's vice chancellor for research, responsible for administering all federal, state and private research funds received by the campus and overseeing all campus museums and research units.[4]

Fields of study pursued by Fleming and his study groups include condensed-phase chemical and biological dynamics, photosynthesis operations, quantum dynamics, quantum information in condensed phases, photochemical reactions, electronic processes at nanoscale, and development of nonlinear optical spectroscopes.

He is particularly known for his work published 2007 providing evidence for quantum coherence in photosynthetic energy transfer, a possible explanation of the high efficiency of photosynthesis.[5]

Significant publications[edit]

  • Carotenoid Cation Formation and the Regulation of Photosynthetic Light Harvesting. (co-author), Science 307, 433-436 (2005)
  • Two-dimensional Spectroscopy of Electronic Couplings in Photosynthesis. (co-author), Nature 434, 625-628 (2005)
  • Evidence for wavelike energy transfer: Quantum coherence in photosynthetic systems. (co-author), Nature 446, 782 (2007)
  • Coherence dynamics in photosynthesis: Protein protection of excitonic coherence. (co-author), Science 316, 1462 (2007)
  • Architecture of a Charge-Transfer State Regulating Light Harvesting in a Plant Antenna Protein. (co-author), Science 320, 794-796 (2008)

Awards and honors[6][edit]