The award is presented annually to a scientist who has made important experimental or theoretical contributions to the field of molecular spectroscopy. Recipients deliver a lecture on their work.
Eisenthal spoke Apr. 10 on ultrafast spectroscopy and second harmonic generation spectroscopy, techniques he uses to study the physical chemistry of liquids and liquid interfaces. The award was established in 1993 in honor of distinguished chemist Bryce Crawford, Regent's Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota.
Eisenthal has also been invited to deliver the Troisième Cycle lectures, designed to showcase work at the forefront of science, at universities in Switzerland this summer. And in a third honor, he has been chosen to present the Hinshelwood Lectures, named for a Nobel laureate chemist, at Oxford next May.
He received a B.S. in chemistry from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in physics and Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard. He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at UCLA.
Before coming to Columbia in 1975, he was head of physical sciences research for the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, Calif. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984.