Geraldine L. Richmond

University of Oregon
Chemist; Educator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon where she has been since 1985. Richmond received her B.S. in Chemistry from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines the chemistry and physics that occurs at complex surfaces that have relevance to important problems in energy production, environmental remediation and atmospheric chemistry. Using a combination of laser-based methods and theoretical simulations her most recent efforts have focussed on understanding environmentally important processes at water surfaces. She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), the Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Women in Science and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. Richmond has held numerous leaderships roles in the national and international scientific arena throughout her career. Current and recent roles include President and Chair of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), member of the National Science Board (Obama appointee) and U.S. State Department Science Envoy to the SE Asian Lower Mekong River countries (Kerry appointee). A strong advocate throughout her career for diversity in the scientific workforce, Richmond is the founding and current Director of COACh, a grass-roots organization formed in 1998 that has helped in the career advancement of over 20,000 women scientists and engineers in the U.S. and in over 20 developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the ACS Priestley Medal, the ACS Olin-Garvan Medal, the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Study of Liquids, and the APS Davisson-Germer Prize for Atomic or Surface Physics. Awards for her education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences and the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award. Websites:
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