Professor Herschbach received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Physics from Harvard University in 1958. He was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows from 1957 to 1959 and was a member of the chemistry faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1959 to 1963. In 1963 he joined the Harvard faculty as Professor of Chemistry and since 1976 he has been the Baird Professor of Science at Harvard. In 2005 he assumed a half-time appointment as Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M. In 2011 he was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. Dr. Herschbach is an international leader in theoretical chemical physics. His research is on structure and reactions of molecules and is at the interface between physics and chemistry. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Royal Chemical Society of Great Britain. His awards include the Pure Chemistry Prize of the American Chemical Society (1965), the Linus Pauling Medal (1978), the Michael Polanyi Medal (1981), the Irving Langmuir Prize of the American Physical Society (1983), the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1986), jointly with Yuan T. Lee and John C. Polanyi, the National Medal of Science (1991), the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Medal (1992), the Sierra Nevada Distinguished Chemist Award (1993), the Kosolapoff Award of the American Chemical Society (1994), the William Walker Prize (1994), and the Council of Scientific Society President's Award for Support of Science (1999). In 1998, he was named by Chemical & Engineering News among 75 leading contributors to the chemical enterprise in the past 75 years.