N. Zare, Ph.D.
California Scientist of the Year 1996
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research interest: Laser Chemistry
Zare is one of the world's premier researchers in laser
chemistry. His work has helped scientists understand chemical
reactions on the molecular level. In addition to his work
in more traditional chemistry, Dr. Zare has also made
many advances in biochemistry, including work in genetic
screening techniques, biosensors and more. In the popular
press, Dr. Zare is most famous for his analysis of the
Martian meteorite ALH 84001, which revealed evidence of
complex organic molecules, suggesting the possibility
of life on ancient Mars. His theories touched off a flurry
of scientific excitement and skepticism, both of which
were at their peak when Dr. Zare was named California
Scientist of the Year.
Zare's Lab Site: http://zarelab.stanford.edu
addition to providing a lot of information, including
diagrams, to explain his lab's research, Dr. Zare's site
features a great photo
gallery from his visit to Antarctica. Dr. Zare and
his team went to Antarctica to hunt for Martian meteorites
in December of 1996.