Allen J. Bard, 2013


For international leadership in electrochemical science and technology, for advances in photoelectrochemistry and photocatalytic materials, processes, and devices, and for discovery and development of electrochemical methods including electrogenerated chemiluminescence and scanning electrochemical microscopy.


Allen J. Bard was born in New York City and grew up and attended public schools there, including the Bronx High School of Science (1948-51). He attended The City College of the College of New York (CCNY) (B.S., 1955) and Harvard University (M.A., 1956, PhD., 1958).

Dr. Bard joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 1958, and has spent his entire career there. He has been the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry at UT since 1985. He spent a sabbatical in the CNRS lab of Jean-Michel Savéant in Paris in 1973 and a semester in 1977 at the California Institute of Technology, where he was a Sherman Mills Fairchild Scholar. He was also a Baker lecturer at Cornell University in the spring of 1987 and the Robert Burns Woodward visiting professor at Harvard University in 1988.

He has worked as mentor and collaborator with 83 Ph.D students, 18 M.S. students, 190 postdoctoral associates, and numerous visiting scientists. He has published over 850 peer-reviewed research papers and 75 book chapters and other publications, and has received over 23 patents. He has authored three books, Chemical Equilibrium (1966), Electrochemical Methods—Fundamentals and Applications (1980, 2nd Ed., 2001, with L. R. Faulkner), and Integrated Chemical Systems: A Chemical Approach to Nanotechnology (1994). He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Chemical Society 1982-2001. His many awards include the ACS Priestly Medal (2002), the Welch Foundation Award in Chemistry (2004), the Wolf Foundation Prize (2008), Distinguished Scientist Award (Southeastern Universities Research Award – SURA) (2009), and The 2011 National Medal of Science (awarded February 2013). His research interests involve the application of electrochemical methods to the study of chemical problems and include investigations in scanning electrochemical microscopy, electrogenerated chemiluminescence and photoelectrochemistry.

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