Prize Recipient

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Graham Fleming
University of California, Berkeley


"For his seminal work on chemical reaction dynamics in liquids and the dynamics of fundamental biological processes using femtosecond laser spectroscopy."


Graham Fleming received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Bristol (UK) (working with Lord Porter at the Royal Institution) in 1974. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Cal Tech and the University of Melbourne with G. Wilse Robinson. He then returned to the Royal Institution as Leverhulme Fellow until 1979 when he moved to the University of Chicago. In 1987, he was named the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor by the University of Chicago. In 1997 he moved to the University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is currently Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of the Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedicine (UCB, UCSF, UCSC) at UC, Berkeley, and Director of the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Among his awards are Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Marlow, Tilden and Centenary Medals from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education Chemistry, the Peter Debye Award and the Harrison Howe Award of the American Chemical Society. He has also received Sloan, Dreyfus, and Guggenheim Fellowships as well as the Coblentz Award and the Inter-American Photochemical Society Award.

He is a member of the Optical Society of America, the American Chemical Society, the Inter-American Photochemical Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He shall join the American Physical Society.

Selection Committee:

Daniel Neumark (Chair), Yves Jean Chabal, W. E. Moerner, Paul Barbara, Mark Johnson