This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Richard Barry Bernstein" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (February 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Richard Bernstein
Born(1923-10-31)October 31, 1923
DiedJuly 8, 1990(1990-07-08) (aged 66)
Alma materColumbia University
Known forFemtochemistry
LeRoy-Bernstein Theory
LeRoy-Bernstein Distance
AwardsNational Medal of Science, National Academy of Sciences Award, Willard Gibbs Award, Peter Debye Award, Irving Langmuir Award, Welch Award
Scientific career
FieldsChemical Physicist
Chemical Kineticist
InstitutionsUniversity of Michigan
University of Wisconsin
University of Texas
Doctoral advisorT.I. Taylor
Doctoral studentsRobert J. LeRoy

Richard Barry Bernstein (October 31, 1923 – July 8, 1990) was an American physical chemist. He is primarily known for his research in chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics by molecular beam scattering and laser techniques. He is credited with having founded femtochemistry, which laid the groundwork for developments in femtobiology. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1970.[1] Among his awards were the National Medal of Science and the Willard Gibbs Award, both in 1989.

Bernstein received his doctorate in chemistry from Columbia University in 1948.[2]

Bernstein had a heart attack in Moscow and died shortly afterwards in Helsinki, Finland, aged 66.


  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Browne, Malcolm W. (July 12, 1990). "Richard B. Bernstein, 66, Is Dead; A Pioneer in Modern Chemistry". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 July 2020.