Raphael David Levine
Division of Natural Sciences
  • Chemist and Educator
  • Raphy@mail.huji.ac.il

FCAcad; Max Born Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; ​Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA; Member of Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Academia Europaea, US National Academy of Sciences, and Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters


Membership Number: FCA2105

Membership Type: Full Fellowship

Division: Natural Sciences

Corresponding Email: Raphy@mail.huji.ac.il

Homepage(s): https://bioscience.ucla.edu/people/raphael-d-levine/ 



Present and Previous Positions

Max Born Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and a member of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Fields of Scholarship and Research Interests

Levine is known for his contributions in the modern theory of chemically reactive collisions and unimolecular reactions. 

  • dynamics in phase space, including the application of information theory

  • algebraic techniques for structure and dynamics in anharmonic systems

  • nanoelectronics and molecule based logic devices

  • chemistry under extreme conditions

  • reaction dynamics and mechanism in large systems including clusters and in solution

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. He has honorary doctorates from Liege University (1991) and the Technical University of Munich (1996). His 2005 book, Molecular Reaction Dynamics, was selected by Choice as 'Outstanding Academic Title 2006'. He has received the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Max Planck Prize for International Cooperation and other awards including the Herbert Newby McCoy Award from UCLA.


Honors, Awards and Other Membership

Member of Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Member of the Max Planck Society

Member of Academia Europaea

Member of American Philosophical Society

Member of Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

Member of National Academy of Sciences of the United States

International Member of American Academy of Sciences and Arts


Selected Publications



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