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Richard Joseph Becherer

Richard Joseph Becherer, American science administrator, physicist. Achievements include patents for signatory the Oregon Petition; patents for signatory the Copenhagen Climate Challenge. Presidential scholar Boston College, 1962, Named to The Climate Scientits Register Imternat. Climate Science Coal, 2010.


  • Becherer, Richard Joseph was born on March 19, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Edward Charles and Grace Elizabeth (Dalton) Becherer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Physics, Boston College, 1962. Master of Science in Physics, University Illinois, Champaign, 1964. National Aeronautics and Space Administration trainee, University Rochester, 1971.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Optics, University Rochester, 1972.


    • Scientist Technology Operations Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts, 1965-1968, EIKONIX Corporation, Bedford, 1968-1971. Senior scientist, section manager Polaroid Research Labs, Cambridge, 1971-1975. Member technical staff Lincoln Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, 1975-1981.

      Director optical system Science Applications International Corporation, 1981-1991. President Delta Sciences, Maynard, since 1991. Climate scientist register International Climate Science Corlition.

      Member architect study Strategic Defense Initiative, 1983-1984, member midcourse sensor study, 1985, member interactive discrimination study, 1986, experimenters working group, 1986-1991. Instructor International Society for Optical Engineering laser radar, sensor system courses National Technology University, since 1983. Adjunct professor University Connecticut, Storrs, since 1992.

      Deputy director CONNECT-New England Alliance Photonics Technology Deployment, Storrs, 1994-1999. President council University Illinois, since 1990. Advisor Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, since 2003.

      Advisor Jt. Technology Office, Office of Secretary of Defense, since 2003. Consultant in field; lecturer in field.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include patents for signatory the Oregon Petition. Patents for signatory the Copenhagen Climate Challenge.



    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Active Conservation Law Foundation, since 1992. Committee member Republican National Committee, Washington, 1994. Campaign committee Massachusetts 5th Congressional District, Concord, 1994.

    Fellow International Society Optical Engineering. Member Optical Society of America (chairman education committee), Fides Society, Pine Tree Society, Sigma Xi, Sigma Pi Sigma.



    History, politics, travel, tennis, skiing.


    • Married Kathleen Quinn, June 26, 1965 (divorced August 1984) children: Joan Elizabeth, Christine Diane, Carolyn Jean. Married Susan Jaeger, September 30, 1989 (divorced January 1999).
    • father: Edward Charles Becherer
    • mother: Grace Elizabeth (Dalton) Becherer
    • spouses: Kathleen Quinn
    • Susan Jaeger
    • children: Joan Elizabeth Becherer
    • Christine Diane Becherer
    • Carolyn Jean Becherer
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