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Robert J. Silbey

Class of 1942 Professor of Chemistry

Dean, School of Science, 2000 - 2007

Class of 1942 Professor of Chemistry

Dean, School of Science, 2000 - 2007

 

Robert J. Silbey
Class of 1942 Professor of Chemistry
Dean, School of Science 2000 – 2006

A dedicated teacher and former dean of the School of Science, Robert Silbey was best known for his educational innovations. With expertise in areas like physical and theoretical chemistry, properties of polymers, and single molecule spectroscopy, his most recent research related to the role of quantum mechanics in photosynthesis.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Launching the Technology Enhanced Active Learning Program.
  • Changing the educational commons at MIT.
  • Directing the Center for Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Study recommendations impacting MIT student life and learning.
  • Being named a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow.
  • Efforts to increase the number of women and minority faculty members.

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