Prize Recipient

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Stephen Leone
University of California, Berkeley


"For his pioneering use of soft x-rays in probing ultrafast dynamics in atomic and molecular systems."


Professor of Chemistry and Physics, University of California, Berkeley; Director, Chemical Dynamics Beamline, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Leone received his B.A. in Chemistry at Northwestern University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley with Professor C. Bradley Moore in 1974. He was an assistant professor at the University of Southern California from 1974-76.  He assumed a position with NIST and the University of Colorado in 1976 and became full professor in 1982.  Dr. Leone was a Fellow and staff member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology as well as Adjoint Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Lecturer of Physics at the University of Colorado.  In 2002 he assumed his position at Berkeley. His awards include the American Chemical Society Pure Chemistry Award (1982), Coblentz Award for Spectroscopy (1984), the Department of Commerce Gold  Medal Award (1984), the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Government Service (1986), a Fellowship, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (1986), a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (1988), the Herbert P. Broida Prize of the American Physical Society (1989), a Visiting Miller Research Professor to the University of California, Berkeley (1990), Visiting Professor at the Chemistry Research Promotion Center, Taiwan (1992), the Samuel Wesley Stratton Award from National Institute of Standards and Technology (1992), the Bourke Medal of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (1995), Member of the National Academy of Sciences (1995), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2000), American Chemical Society Peter Debye Award (2005), JILA Fellow Adjoint (2006-2011), Morris Belkin Visiting Professorship, Weizmann Institute (2009), Polanyi Medal of the Gas Kinetics Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2010), Miller Professorship, Miller Research Institute (2010), National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship, Department of Defense (2010), American Physical Society, Irving Langmuir Prize (2011).  He is a member of the American Physical Society (fellow), Optical Society of America, (fellow) The American Vacuum Society, Coblentz Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellow), and the American Chemical Society. His research interests include ultrafast laser investigations of femtosecond and attosecond processes, wave packet dynamics, soft x-ray probing of valence and core levels, attosecond physics, state-resolved collision processes and kinetics investigations, heterogeneous aerosol reactions, nanoparticle and biomolecule spectroscopy, nanoparticle photodynamics and plasmonics.

Selection Committee:

S. Ceyer, Chair; F.F. Crim; W. Lineberger; W.E. Moerner; G. Schatz