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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.


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;scientist, EIKONIX Corporation, Bedford, Massachusetts, 1968-1971;senior scientist, section manager, Polaroid Research Labs, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1971-1975;member technical staff, Lincoln Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, Massachusetts, 1975-1981;director optical system, Science Applications International Corporation, Lexington, Massachusetts, 1981-1991;president, Delta Sciences, Stow, Massachusetts, since 1991. Lecturer Northeastern U., Boston, 1966-1983, U. Oulu, Finland, 1990, National.Tech. U., Fort Collins, Colorado, since 1993.

Consultant NAS National Research Council, Washington, 1972-1976. Member Commission International l'Eclairage, Washington, 1973-1976, United States Navy Electro-Optics Working Group, 1977-1980, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Research Study Group, Munich, 1978-1979. Strategic Defense Initiative Experimenters Working Group, 1986-1991.

Instructor International Society for Optical Engineering laser radar, sensor system courses National Technology U., since 1983. Adjunct Professor U. Connecticut, Storrs, since 1992. Deputy director CONNECT-New England Alliance Photonics Technology Deployment, Storrs, since 1994.

President county University of Illinois, since 1990.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: 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).