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Raphael David Levine

Raphael David Levine (b. March 29, 1938 ) is an Israeli chemist who is a professor at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem,[1] and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles.[2]


Birth and academic career

Raphael David Levine was born on March 29, 1938 in Alexandria, Egypt. He is the Max Born professor of Natural Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a distinguished professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Raphael D. Levine is known for his contributions in the modern theory of chemically reactive collisions and unimolecular reactions. He has played a major role in the application of the principles of quantum mechanics to the description of physical change in a reaction from a microscopic point of view, introducing many new concepts and terms which became standard to this area. His major works include the quantum theory of absolute rates, the first quantal treatment of molecular photodissociation, elucidation of the role of resonances in reactive molecular collisions, the theory of collision- induced dissociation, and the foundations of dynamical stereochemistry.

Awards and honours

Raphael David Levine has received several awards and honours in his life. In 1988 he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry along with Joshua Jortner of Tel Aviv University "for their incisive theoretical studies elucidating energy acquisition and disposal in molecular systems and mechanisms for dynamical selectivity and specificity".[3]

He was also awarded the Annual Prize of the Academy in 1968, Israel Prize in 1974 the Rothschild Prize in 1992 the Max Planck Prize for International Cooperation in 1996 and the EMET Prize in 2001.

He is a member of Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Max Planck Society, Academia Europaea, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and National Academy of Sciences of the US.

He has honorary doctorates from Liege University, 1991 and the Technical University of Munich 1996.


  1. ^ Raphael David Levine at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  2. ^ Raphael D. Levine at UCLA
  3. ^ The Wolf Prize in Chemistry
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