The Odyssey of Kent Wilson: Holding Molecules in the Light

  • Dudley Herschbach
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 66)


Anyone pursuing laser chemistry is indebted to Kent Wilson as an inspiring architect of the field. Many are now using innovative laser techniques conceived by him to probe the molecular dynamics of chemical and biochemical reactions. Many will know too that, as a remarkably wide-ranging physical chemist, he also contributed much seminal work, both theoretical and experimental, to several other fields, among them economics, engineering, computer science, environmental science, archaeology, and educational filmmaking.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dudley Herschbach
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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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