Richard Barry Bernstein

Richard Bernstein
Born (1923-10-31)October 31, 1923
Long Island, New York
Died July 8, 1990(1990-07-08) (aged 66)
Helsinki, Finland
Alma mater Columbia University
Known for Femtochemistry
LeRoy-Bernstein Theory
LeRoy-Bernstein Distance
Awards National Medal of Science, National Academy of Sciences Award, Willard Gibbs Award, Peter Debye Award, Irving Langmuir Award, Welch Award
Scientific career
Fields Chemical Physicist
Chemical Kineticist
Institutions University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin
University of Texas
Doctoral advisor T.I. Taylor
Doctoral students Robert J. LeRoy

Richard Barry Bernstein (October 31, 1923 – July 8, 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. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1970.[1] Among his awards were the National Medal of Science and the Willard Gibbs Award, both in 1989.

Bernstein suffered a heart attack in Moscow and died shortly afterwards in Helsinki, Finland, aged 66.


  1. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
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