Allen Bard
  • 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry


Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin,
being considered a “father of modern electrochemistry”. He was awarded the 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry for creating the field of single-molecule spectroscopy and imaging.

Education and Work Experience

1958, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Harvard University
1967-Present, Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas
1985-Present, Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry, University of Texas 2006-Present, Director, Center for Electrochemistry, University of Texas

Honors and Awards

1982, Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences 1990, Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2008, Wolf Prize in Chemistry 2013, National Medal of Science

Major Academic Achievements

Prof. Bard is considered a “father of modern electrochemistry” for his innovative work developing the scanning electrochemical microscope, his co-discovery
of electrochemiluminescence, his key contributions to photo electrochemistry of semiconductor electrodes. He pioneered the development of the scanning
electrochemical microscope, allowing high resolution chemical imaging of surfaces and the study of chemical reactions at the nanoscopic regime, applied to biological and catalysis systems. His efforts are largely responsible for the development of electrochemically generated electroluminescence reactions, and immunoassay commercial technology, used worldwide in medical diagnosis and research. Prof. Bard’s contributions to science, through his investigation of fundamental molecular electrochemistry and the development of electro-analytical methods, have truly served
mankind, in medical, energy, and materials technologies.