Prize Recipient

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Geraldine L. Richmond
University of Oregon


"For elegant elucidation of molecular structure and organization at liquid-liquid and liquid-air interfaces, using nonlinear optical spectroscopies."


Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. She received her BS degree in chemistry from Kansas State University in 1975 and PhD degree from UC Berkeley in physical chemistry in 1980.   Her fundamental research in understanding the chemistry and physics that occurs at complex surfaces and interfaces has relevance to important problems in energy production, environmental remediation and atmospheric chemistry. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently serves as a Presidential Appointee to the National Science Board.  She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Association for Women in Science.  Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the ACS Garvan Medal, , the Bomem-Michaelson Award, the Spiers Medal of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry and the ACS  Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids.  Her professional service and workforce development activities including Co-Founder and Director of COACh have earned her numerous awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring and the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award.

Selection Committee:

Patricia Thiel, Chair; J. Tully; J. Stohr; D. Eigler; S. Sinha