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Senior Fellows
Charles V. Shank
Professor of Chemistry, University of California Berkeley; Retired Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Areas of Interest:

role of the Department of Energy national laboratories in California, energy, environmental regulation


Shank, a nationally recognized scientist and research leader, is the retired director of the UC-managed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He also has a unique triple appointment as professor at UC Berkeley, in the departments of physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering and computer sciences. He graduated summa cum laude from Berkeley in 1965 and went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. Following graduation, he joined AT&T Bell Labs where he made pioneering contributions to the study of ultrafast events that occur in a millionth of a billionth of a second using short laser pulses. He contributed to fiber optic communications with the invention of the distributed feedback laser, a component in high data rate transmission systems.

Dr. Shank's scientific and service contributions have been recognized through honors that include the R.W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America and the David Sarnoff and Morris E. Leeds awards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Optical Society of America.


Updated 9/4/2009

Senior Fellows Roster