Richard R. Freeman

Professor Emeritus

Richard Freeman is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in the Physics Department at The Ohio State University. Professor Freeman obtained his PhD at Harvard University under Norman Ramsey in 1973. He spent 3 years at MIT as a Post‐Doctoral researcher and Lecturer in Physics. In 1976 he joined Bell Laboratories, and in 1981 was promoted to Department Head in the research division of Bell Labs. He served in that capacity, specializing in electromagnetic phenomena research, until 1996 when he moved to the University of California, Davis in the Department of Applied Sciences. During the period of 1996‐98 he was seconded to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he served as Deputy Associate Director of Laser Programs.

Professor Freeman was appointed Chair of the Department of Applied Science in 1998, and assumed the Edward Teller endowed Professorship the same year. In 2003 he moved to The Ohio State University to take up the position of Dean of the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, a position he held until 2007 when he assumed his current position. Professor Freeman is the author of more than 260 peer‐reviewed papers, and has taught numerous physics courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has been the Thesis Advisor to more than 30 PhD students, and the Post‐Doc mentor to 25 scientists. He is currently co‐head of the research group High Energy Density Physics, and serves as the Laboratory’s director.


2003-     The Ohio State University:

  • Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (2007--)
  • Dean, College of Mathematical & Physical Sciences (2003-2007)

1998-2003     The University of California:

  • Edward Teller Professor and Chair,
    Department of Engineering Applied Science,
    College of Engineering, UC-Davis.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Labs:
    Consultant for Laser Programs and Microelectronics

1996-1998     Lawrence Livermore National Labs:

  • Deputy Associate Director for Laser Programs and Science Advisor
  • Creator and Director of “Virtual National Laboratories”

1976-1996     AT&T Bell Labs:

  • Department Head, Strategic Planning and Business (1994-96)
  • Department Head, Advanced Lithography Research (1989-94)
  • Department Head, Silicon Electronics Research (1987-89)
  • Department Head, Electromagnetic Phenomena Research (1981-87)
  • Member of Technical Staff, Research (1976-81)

1973-1976 Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

  • Lecturer in Physics (1974-76)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate (1973-74)


  • Post-Doctoral: 1976
    Physics: MIT
    Mentor: Daniel Kleppne
  • Ph.D.: 1973
    Physics: Harvard University
    Advisor: Norman F. Ramsey
  • MA: 1968
    Physics: Harvard University
  • BS: 1967
    Physics: University of Washington
    Summa Cum Laude, College Honors in Physics

Publications and Professional Positions

  • Over 250 peer-reviewed publications
  • 6 patents on devices and processes related to laser processes, lithography and microelectronics manufacturing.
  • Created and directed the “Virtual National Laboratory”, a collaboration of three DOE National Laboratories with over 100 engineers and physicists, for the development and commercialization of EUV Lithography with commercial partners Intel, Motorola and AMD.
  • Semiconductor Industrial Association Advisory Board for Lithography (1990-95)
  • Physics Advisory Board of LLNL (1985-96)
  • American Physical Society:
    • Fellow, (1982)
    • President of Division of Atomic, Molecular, Optical Physics, 1997
    • President of Division of Laser Science (1995)
    • Member-at-large, APS Council (1992-95)
  • Optical Society of America:
    • Fellow, (1981)
  • Advisory Board of the National Research Council for AMO Physics (1994-96)
  • Organizer and/or Chairman of 12 International Conferences on laser applications, microelectronics, and lithography. (1981-98)
  • B.S. - University of Washington, 1967
  • M.A. - Harvard University, 1968
  • Ph.D. - Harvard University, 1973

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