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Paul Frank Barbara, American chemistry professor. Alfred P. Sloan fellow, Sloan Foundation, 1983-1985; recipient Presidential Young Investigator award, National Science Foundation, 1984-1989; George Taylor Distinguished Research award, 1990; George Taylor Distinguished Service award, 1997; Creativity award, National Science Foundation, 1998.


Barbara, Paul Frank was born on April 24, 1953 in Jamaica, New York, United States. Son of Dominic and Virginia (Bambara) Barbara.


Paul Barbara received his bachelor's degree in 1974 at Hofstra University and completed his doctoral work in 1978 at Brown University under the supervision of Ronald G. Lawler. From 1978 to 1980 he carried out postdoctoral work at Bell Laboratories with Peter M. Rentzepis and Louis E. Brus. He joined the faculty of Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 1980, achieving the rank of full professor in 1990.

He moved to the University of Texas at Austin in 1998, as full professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry until his death.


Postdoctoral fellow Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1978-1980. Assistant professor chemistry University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1980-1986, associate professor, 1986-1990, professor, 1990-1995, 3M-Alumni Distg. professor chemistry, 1995—1998. Richard J.V. Johnson Welch chair chemistry University Texas, Austin, since 1998, director Center Nano & Molecular Science and Technology, since 2000.

Consultant Honeywell, 1983—1986, 3M, 1985—1998. Visiting associate professor National Center for Science Research, France, 1988. Executive committee Inter-American Photochemical Society, 1992—1996.

Visiting professor Catholic University, Belgium, 1996—1997. Co-chair Ultrafast Phenomena X Optical Society of America, 1996—1997. Co-chair United States-Japan cooperative progressive on near-field scanning optical microscopy, 1998.

Member development resource for biophysical imaging study group National Institutes of Health, 1998. Chair radiation chemistry workshop United States Department Energy, Chesterton, Indiana, 1998. Vice chair Gordon conference on radiation chemistry, 2002.

International lecturer.


  • Paul Barbara was named 3M-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in 1995, elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1993, a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science in 2004 and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2006. Other awards include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1983–85, a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984-89, a NSF Creativity Award in 1998, Inter-American Photochemical Society Award in 2002 and the 2009 E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy in 2008 from The American Chemical Society. The Barbara research group is nicknamed the ‘Barbarians’.


  • Other Work

    • Editorial board Journal Physical Chemistry, since 1990, Journal American Chemical Society, since 1995, Accounts Chemical Research, 1994-1995, Molecular Physics, since 1994, Chemical Physics, since 1994, Review of Science Instruments, 1994-1997, Journal Chemical Physics, 1994-1997, Spectroscopy Letters, since 1996, Chemical Physics Letters, since 1997. Associate editor Advanced Series in Physical Chemistry, since 1994, accounts of Chemical Research, since 1995.


Fellow American Physical Society, American Academy Arts Sciences. Member National Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society (executive committee division physical chemistry, 1992, vice chair, chairman elect, chairman, 1993-1995, chair centennial issue committee, Journal Physical Chemistry, 1997, E. Bright Wilson award in Spectroscopy, 2009), Optical Society of America.


Dominic Barbara

Virginia (Bambara) Barbara