Dr. Arthur Bienenstock

Dr. Arthur Bienenstock

Professor Emeritus of Photon Science Stanford University

Arthur Bienenstock, a Past-President of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and the American Physical Society, is Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy at Stanford University, where he also is Director of the Wallenberg Research Link and a professor emeritus of Photon Science.  He was Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Policy during the period September 2003 to November 2006. Stanford’s interdisciplinary Independent Laboratories and the Office of Technology Licensing reported to him in that position. From September 2002 to September 2003, he also served as the Director of the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials.

In 2012, President Obama appointed Dr. Bienenstock to membership on the National Science Board. There, he chaired the Task Force on Administrative Burden which sought to decrease the amount of time federally-funded researchers spend on administrative matters.  The resulting report was released in May, 2014. From November, 1997 through January, 2001, while on leave from Stanford, he was the Associate Director for Science of the White House Office and Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). At OSTP, Dr. Bienenstock sought to gain general recognition of the interdependencies of the sciences and the need for the country to maintain broad scientific and technological strength. He also sought to ensure that the United States has a scientific and technological workforce, at all levels, to meets the nation’s 21st Century needs. He led a Task Force on the Government-University Research Partnership aimed at strengthening the relationship, and championed an Interagency Educational Research Initiative to fund large-scale, interdisciplinary research on teaching and learning.

For the 20 years prior to his going to OSTP, Dr. Bienenstock directed the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, leading SSRL’s transition from a scientific project to a major facility. Prior to that, he served as Stanford’s first Faculty Affirmative Action Officer and as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. From 1963 to 1967, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Division of Engineering and Applied Physics.

Throughout the 1963-97 period, he maintained an active research group in the general areas of solid-state physics, amorphous materials and synchrotron radiation. He has published over 100 scientific papers in these areas. Dr. Bienenstock received a B.S. (1955) and M.S. (1957) degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962. In addition, he was a recipient of a Ph.D. (honorary) from Polytechnic University in 1997 and from Lund University in June, 2006.

In 1968, Dr. Bienenstock was the first recipient of the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society’s Sidhu Award for his work in x-ray diffraction and crystallography. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Polytechnic Institute of New York Alumni Association in 1977, the Rector’s Medal from the University of Helsinki in 1994, the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Energy in 1998 and the Cuthbertson Award from Stanford University in 2009. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Physics and of the California Council on Science and Technology.  He is also a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.