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Professor Eric Herbst

    received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1972, where studied molecular beam spectroscopy of free radicals under Professor William Klemperer. During the last stages of his Ph.D. work, he became interested in astrochemistry, or the study of molecules in regions outside of the solar system. After two postdoctoral positions (one in Harvard, and one at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado), he joined the faculty of the College of William and Mary in 1974 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. In 1980, he moved to Duke University where he became Associate Professor of Physics, rising to Professor of Physics in 1985. He came to Ohio State in 1991 as Professor of Physics. An appointment as Professor of Astronomy was made a year later. Professor Herbst was named a Professor of Chemistry in 2003. A scientific editor of the The Astrophysical Journal, he is also a member of the Chemical Physics Program and the Spectroscopy Institute.


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Last modified: 13 Mar. 2006