Raphael Levine
  • 1988 Wolf Prize in Chemistry


Israeli chemist. He and Joshua Jortner were awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 1988 for their incisive theoretical studies elucidating energy acquisition and disposal in molecular systems and mechanisms for dynamical selectivity and specificity.

Education and Work Experience

1966, DPhil at Oxford University
1968-2006, Full Professor of Natural Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2007-Present, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, School of Medicine, UCLA
2007-Present, Max Born Professor of Natural Philosophy (Emeritus), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Honors and Awards

1988, Wolf Prize in Chemistry
1996, Max Planck Prize for International Cooperation
1999, Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences
2012, Gold Medal of the Israel Chemical Society

Major Academic Achievements

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