Richard Zare

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Richard Zare
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Born Richard Neil Zare
(1939-11-19) November 19, 1939 (age 77)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields Chemist
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater Harvard University B.A (1961) Ph.D (1964)
Thesis Molecular fluorescence and photodissociation (1964)
Doctoral advisor Dudley Herschbach[citation needed]
Doctoral students

Richard Neil Zare (born November 19, 1939) is a Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University. His professional specialty is physical chemistry. Throughout his career, Zare has made a considerable impact on the field of physical chemistry. He has mentored over 150 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.[1]


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.[2]

Career and research[edit]

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 a 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". [3] [4]

Zare is the author of various academic papers involving the research of the spectroscopy of chemical compounds.[5]

Zare has been involved in astrobiology.[6] [7] He is co-author of a paper forwarding the hypothesis that a meteorite from Mars, ALH84001, contained traces of Martian life.[8] Other researchers have questioned these findings and they remain controversial.[citation needed]

Zare has been involved in public speaking in his home area of Silicon Valley and around the world.[9]

Selected Publications[edit]

  • "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. Natl. 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).


  • Spectral Atlas of Nitrogen Dioxide 5530 to 6480 Angstrom (with Donald K. Hsu, David L. Monts) (1978) ISBN 0-12-357950-3
  • Angular Momentum: Understanding Spatial Aspects in Chemistry and Physics (1988) ISBN 0-471-85892-7
  • Laser Experiments for Beginners (with Bertrand H. Spencer, Dwitght S. Springer) (1995) ISBN 0-935702-36-9
  • 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 0-471-24478-3
  • Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, Volume 1 (with Edward S. Yeung) (2008) ISBN 0-8243-4401-4
  • A Companion to Angular Momentum (with Valeria D. Kleiman, Hongkun Park, Robert J. Gordon) (2009) ISBN 0-471-19249-X

Awards, honors and Fellowships[edit]