Stephen Leone


Stephen Robert Leone (born May 19, 1948) is an American physical chemist and the John R. Thomas Endowed Chair in Physical Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.[1][2]

Stephen Leone
Alma materNorthwestern University B.A. (1970)
University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. (1974)
Known forAttosecond Spectroscopy, Transient absorption spectroscopy
Scientific career
FieldsPhysical Chemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorC. Bradley Moore

Early life and educationEdit

Leone was born in Queens, New York City on May 19, 1948, of Italian descent. The family moved to Rochester, New Hampshire, and later Batavia, Illinois, where Stephen attended primary and secondary school. Leone earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and spent a summer working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory prior to attending the University of California, Berkeley for graduate study. In 1974, Leone began teaching at the University of Southern California, and later moved to JILA, a research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Leone returned to Berkeley in 2002.[3] He was editor of the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry from 2002–2011, retiring as editor in 2011;[4] and is credited for organizing the volumes for 2012–2013.[5]

Awards and honorsEdit

Over the course of his career, Leone has received the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1982) and Peter Debye Award (2005) from the American Chemical Society, the Bourke Award (1995) and Polanyi Medal (2010) from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Herbert P. Broida Prize (1989) of the American Physical Society, among several others.[2][1] He has been awarded Sloan and Guggenheim fellowships,[2][6] and was elected a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1995.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Leone". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Stephen R. Leone". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  3. ^ Leone, Stephen R. (September 25, 2008). "Autobiography of Stephen R. Leone". J. Phys. Chem. A. 112 (39): 9169–9176. Bibcode:2008JPCA..112.9169L. doi:10.1021/jp8062564. PMID 18817359.
  4. ^ Johnson, Mark A.; Martinez, Todd J. (2012-04-04). "Preface". Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. 63 (1). doi:10.1146/annurev-pc-63-040412-100001. ISSN 0066-426X.
  5. ^ "Editor of the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry - Volume 64, 2013". Annual Reviews. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Stephen R. Leone". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Stephen R. Leone". United States National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 19 December 2018.