Log In

Robert Warren Field Edit Profile

chemist , university professor

Robert Warren Field, American chemistry professor. Alfred P. Sloan fellow, 1975-1977. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society (H.P. Broida prize 1980, E.K. Plyler prize 1988), Optical Society of America (E. Lippincott award 1990, W. Meggers award, 1996); member American Chemical Society (Nobel Laureate Signature award to Y. Chen, co-preceptor with J.L. Kinsey 1990).

Background

Field, Robert Warren was born on June 13, 1944 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States. Son of Edmund and Kay (Huebsch) Field.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Amherst College, 1965. Doctor of Science (honorary), Amherst College, 1997. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1971.

Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1972.

Career

Robert W. Field is the Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been a professor since 1974. He was a postdoc with Herbert Broida at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a physical chemist, specializing in spectroscopy of small molecules in the gas phase.

He performed the first microwave-optical and optical-optical double resonance experiments on small molecules, and invented the Stimulated Emission Pumping (SEP, or "PUMP and DUMP") spectroscopic method. He is also particularly known for studies of the molecules acetylene (C2H2) and calcium monofluoride (CaF). His active research group at MIT includes about eight graduate students and postdocs working on experimental, theoretical and computational physical chemistry of small molecules in the gas phase.

Achievements

  • He is the recipient of the Broida Prize, the Plyler Prize (1988), the Lippincott Award, the E. Bright Wilson Award in (2012) and the Nobel Laureate Signature Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board Journal Molecular Spectroscopy, contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society (H.P. Broida prize 1980, E.K. Plyler prize 1988), Optical Society of America (E. Lippincott award 1990, W. Meggers award, 1996). Member American Chemical Society (Nobel Laureate Signature award to Y. Chen, co-preceptor with J.L. Kinsey 1990).

Connections

Son of Edmund Kay Huebsch (Field).

father:
Edmund Field

mother:
Kay (Huebsch) Field