Raphael David Levine

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Chemist; Educator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
International Honorary Member


Raphael Levine is the Max Born Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA and a member of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Levine is known for his contributions in the modern theory of chemically reactive collisions and unimolecular reactions. He has played a major role in the application of the principles of quantum mechanics to the description of physical change in a reaction from a microscopic point of view, introducing many new concepts and terms, which became standard to this area. His major works include the quantum theory of absolute rates, the first quantal treatment of molecular photodissociation, elucidation of the role of resonances in reactive molecular collisions, the theory of collision- induced dissociation, and the foundations of dynamical stereochemistry. He is a member of Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Max Planck Society, Academia Europaea, American Philosophical Society, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and National Academy of Sciences of the United States. He has honorary doctorates from Liege University (1991) and the Technical University of Munich (1996). His 2005 book, Molecular Reaction Dynamics, was selected by Choice as 'Outstanding Academic Title 2006'. He has received the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Max Planck Prize for International Cooperation and other awards including the Herbert Newby McCoy Award from UCLA.

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