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Arthur Bienenstock

Director of the Wallenberg Research Link

Background and Interests: 

Arthur Bienenstock is Associate Director of the Wallenberg Research Link. In addition, he serves as Special Assistant to the (Stanford) President for Federal Research Policy and is a professor emeritus of photon science. In the past, he was a professor in the Applied Physics and Materials Science & Engineering Departments, as well as director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. He has also held other Stanford positions as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Policy.

His scholarship since retiring has focused on national and international science and higher education policy. Consistent with that interest, he was a member of the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation from 2012 to 2022 and presently is serving as a consultant to the Board until his replacement is appointed by the (U.S.) President. With his colleague, Peter Michelson, Bienenstock co-chaired the American Academy of Arts and Sciences study on Challenges to International Scientific Partnerships. Bienenstock was also the Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House during the last three years of President Clinton's administration.

During the last three decades of his career as a scientist, his research involved the determination of atomic arrangements in amorphous materials using synchrotron radiation, as well as the development of synchrotron radiation capabilities.

Personal Interests: 

Artie lives on the Stanford campus with his wife, Roslyn. They share interests in their extended family, literature, music, theatre, movies and ballet. Until recently, Artie was an avid skier and swimmer.