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administrator , physicist , researcher

Raymond Lee Orbach, American Physicist, educator. Recipient Whitney M. Young Humanitarian award Urban League of Riverside and San Bernardino; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellow, 1963-1967; National Science Foundation senior postdoctoral fellow Imperial College, 1967-1968; Guggenheim fellow Tel Aviv U., 1973-1974.


Orbach, Raymond Lee was born on July 12, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Morris Albert and Mary Ruth (Miller) Orbach.


Bachelor of Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Analysis (honorary), The Rand Graduate School, Santa Monica, California, 2002.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (honorary), Colorado School Mines, Goldon, 2005.


National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow Oxford University, 1960-1961. Assistant professor applied physics Harvard University, 1961-1963. Professor physics University of California at Los Angeles, 1963-1992, assistant vice chancellor academy change and curriculum development, 1970-1972, chairman academy senate Los Angeles division, 1976-1977, provost College Letters and Science, 1982-1992.

Chancellor University California, Riverside, 1992—2002, chancellor emeritus, Distinguished professor physics emeritus, since 2002. Director Office Science United States Department Energy, Washington, 2002—2009, under secretary for science, 2006—2009. Director Energy Institute, University Texas, Austin, since 2009.

Member physics advisory panel National Science Foundation, 1970-1973. Member visiting committee Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1970-1974. Member materials research laboratory advisory panel National Science Foundation, 1974-1977.

Member National Commission on Research, 1978-1980. Chairman 16th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics, 1981. Joliot Curie professor Ecole Superieure de la Physique et Chimie Industrielle de la Ville de Paris, 1982, chairman Gordon Research Conference on Fractals, 1986.

Lorentz professor University Leiden, Netherlands, 1987. Raymond and Beverly Sackler lecturer Tel Aviv University, 1989. Faculty research lecturer University of California at Los Angeles, 1990.

Andrew Lawson lecturer University California, Riverside, 1992. Member external review committee National High Magnetic Fields Laboratory, 1994-1901.


Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (chairperson steering group physics section), American Physical Society (chairman nominations committee 1981-1982, counselor-at-large 1987-1991, chairman division condensed matter 1990-1991). Member National Science Foundation (member research advisory committee division materials 1992-1993), Physical Society (London), University Research Association (chair council president 1993), Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi.


Married Eva Hannah Spiegler, August 26, 1956. Children: David Miller, Deborah Hedwig, Thomas Randolph.

Morris Albert Orbach

Mary Ruth (Miller) Orbach

Eva Hannah Spiegler

Thomas Randolph Orbach

Deborah Hedwig Orbach

David Miller Orbach