Richard A. Muller
University of California, Berkeley
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Professor of Physics; Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Internationally known for his contributions to particle physics, astrophysics, and geophysics. Inventor of the Accelerator Mass-Spectroscopy Method, a breakthrough in trace element analysis now applied to isotope dating, geology, and forensic science worldwide. Pioneered the study of the structure of the cosmic microwave background and detection of dipole asymmetry in the CMB. Originated the Nemesis Theory of mass extinction and discovered the inclination cycle in paleoclimate. Honors include the Alan T. Waterman Award (1978) and a MacArthur Fellowship (1982).