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Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming
Dr. Fleming, who served as Berkeley Lab's Deputy Director from 2005 through 2007, has been at the forefront of a major revolution in the biophysical sciences. Through joint appointments as Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and Founding Director of both the Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division and UC Berkeley's California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), he has re-shaped the intersection of physical and biological sciences, while maintaining his own ground-breaking investigations into ultrafast chemical and biological processes, in particular, the primary steps of photosynthesis.
Born in Barrow, England, in 1949, Fleming earned his Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Bristol in 1971, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Royal Institution and University of London in 1974. Following post-doctoral fellowships at Caltech and the University of Melbourne, Australia, he returned to the Royal Institution and then joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1979. There, he rose through the academic ranks to become the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor, a post he held for ten years, starting in 1987. At University of Chicago, he also served for three years as the Chair of the Chemistry Department. At Chicago, he led (with Keith Moffat) the creation of University of Chicago's first new research institute in more than 50 years, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics.
In 1997, he came to University of California Berkeley as a professor of chemistry. At UC Berkeley, Fleming (along with Dan Koshland and Paul Gray) proposed and planned the construction of Stanley Hall which became the Berkeley home of QB3, with Fleming as its first Director. In 2007 he co-authored, (with Professor Mark Ratner of Northwestern University), the well received "Directing Matter & Energy: Five Challenges for Science & the Imagination" for the U.S. Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program, a report which elucidates five interconnected Grand Challenges in science which, if understood and achieved, may blaze a trail to the ultimate goal of being able to direct and control matter at the level of electrons.
Throughout his administrative career, Fleming has remained a highly active and successful scientific researcher. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 publications, and is widely considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on ultrafast processes. In addition to his many other activities, Fleming has given numerous talks around the world on the inter-relation and inter-complexity of energy, climate and photosynthesis.