Arthur Bienenstock

Title: Physicist, Educator, Federal Official
Location:  Stanford, California, United States

Arthur Bienenstock has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bienenstock has met with success because of two important factors: his love of great universities and his excitement for physics that has been contagious to his students. Today, he finds success as the associate director of the Wallenberg Research Link and special assistant to the president at Stanford University. In dual roles since 2006, he demonstrates professionalism, integrity and perseverance developed from his former roles in the field. Previously, Dr. Bienenstock was a professor of applied physics for the university for 38 years, as well as vice provost and dean of the research and graduate policy program, director of the laboratory for advanced materials, director of synchrotron radiation laboratory and vice provost of faculty affairs. In addition, he served as a member of the National Science Board, an associate director of science for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, member of the board of chemical science and technical research for the National Research Council, member of the committee of Condensed Matter and Material Physics, member of the science advisory committee for the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and member of the U.S. National Committee of Crystallography.  Notably in his career, Dr. Bienenstock worked to remove the limit of the number of women who could attend Stanford University. Additionally, he worked on various policies that were promulgated both in the Clinton Administration now at the National Science Court.

Dr. Bienenstock first endeavored to become an engineer before a physics course in college ignited a passion for science and mathematics and prompted him to shift his professional priorities. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the Polytechnical Institute in Brooklyn, NY, in 1955, followed by a Master of Science from the same university two years later. From there, Dr. Bienenstock achieved a PhD from Harvard University in 1962. To support his professional career, he has been incredibly involved in his professional community. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the American Physical Society, where he was a general councilor from 1993 to 1996, vice president in 2006, president-elect in 2007 and president in 2008. With the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, he has been a foreign member since 2010. Dr. Bienenstock holds memberships today with the Material Society and the American Crystallographic Association.

In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Dr. Bienenstock earned a Phillip Hague Abelson award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Cuthbertson award from Stanford University, a Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, a Distinguished Contribution to Research Administration award from the Society of Research Administrators, a Distinguished Alumnus award from the Polytechnical Institute of New York, and a Sidhu award from the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society. He was also honored as a fellow by the National Science Foundation. As he looks ahead to the future, Dr. Bienenstock does not intend to slow down in his professional pursuits. In the future, he plans to take on new opportunities to share his professional expertise in the years to come.

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