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Donald H Levy

OSA Awards & Distinctions



Donald H. Levy, Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor in Chemistry, is the University of Chicago’s Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories, CEO of UChicago Argonne, LLC, Vice-chairman of the Board of Governors for Argonne, and a member of the Board of Directors for Fermilab. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1967, Levy joined The University of Chicago faculty, where his research has involved laser spectroscopy in supersonic molecular beams.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a former Chairman of the Chemistry Department and he played an important leadership role in planning the new Gordon Center for Integrative Science. A physical chemist, Levy was a leader in developing and using supersonic jet cooling to study the structure of molecules.

Levy was editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics from 1998 - 2008. His awards include the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy and the Ellis Lippincott Award from OSA, and the Plyler Prize of the American Physical Society. He is also a Fellow of OSA.



Document Created: 18 Mar 2020
Last Updated: 18 Mar 2020