Richard J. Field, PhD

Richard Field

Title: Physical Chemistry Educator, Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Montana
Location: Missoula, Montana, United States

Richard J. Field, Physical Chemistry Educator and Professor Emeritus at the University of Montana, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of chemistry.

Dr. Field was exposed to the excitements of chemistry through his best friend, Martin. Martin’s father was a chemist and he would sometimes bring home chemicals from work. Dr. Field and his friend Martin, who also became a professor were curious and thoroughly examined everything. This interest is what encouraged Dr. Field to continue exploring chemistry throughout his academic endeavors. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in 1963. He later earned a master’s degree from Holy Cross College, and then went on to obtain a PhD from the University of Rhode Island in 1968. His education provided him with the foundation for a successful and riveting career.

Dr. Field began his professional pursuits by acting as a research associate and visiting assistant professor at the University of Oregon from 1968 until 1974. In 1974, he transitioned to become a senior research chemist at Carnegie-Mellon University. Though he was only there for one year, Dr. Field completed extensive research on chemical kinetics and the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction. His research was important and it interested many people, which was a rewarding experience. In the following years, Dr. Field relocated to the University of Montana. He started there as an assistant professor in 1975 and went on to acquire the title of full professor and chairman of the chemistry department. In 2008, they named him Professor of Physical Chemistry Emeritus. Though he has retired, he continues to hold that title. Dr. Field is an author of over 100 research articles to professional publications and edited two books Oscillations and Traveling Waves in Chemical Systems, 1985, Chaos in Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1993. Dr. Field received over 30 years of support for his research from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Fields has provided an endowment to the University of Montana Department of Chemistry in support of undergraduate chemistry education.

Dr. Field is an avid hiker and intimately familiar with the mountains of Montana and a supporter of the University of Montana athletics especially Lady Griz Women’s Softball team. He has two children and 5 grandchildren.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Field has been featured in several editions of Who’s Who in the West, as well as the 5th edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and the 63rd edition of Who’s Who in America.

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Richard J. Field’s research while affiliated with the University of Montana and other places

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