Curriculum Vitae (as of 24 June 2015)



BIRTH:   3 December 1940, Frederick, Md.      USA citizen





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9/1981 - present:   Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.




                       Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics (7/01-present).

                       Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics (9/81-6/01).


                       1/15 - 12/15: On sabbatical leave, at Harvard, except for part of 4/15 - 5/15 at Section on Tectonics and Mechanics of the Lithosphere, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, and for 9/15 - 12/15 at California Institute of Technology as Moore Distinguished Scholar, Division of Engineering and Applied Science.

                       9/12 - 11/12: On sabbatical leave,  Section on Tectonics and Mechanics of the Lithosphere, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris.

                       1/07 - 4/07: On sabbatical leave,  Shimizu Visiting Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University.

                       9/04: On sabbatical leave,   Rothschild Visiting Professor, Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.

                       1/99 - 12/99:  On leave of absence,  Blaise Pascal International Research Professorship, Foundation of ƒcole Normale SupŽrieure, Paris;  principal host:  DŽpartement Terre Atmosphre Ocean, ƒcole Normale SupŽrieure, Paris.  Also, for 1/99 - 5/99, Professor of Mechanics, ƒcole Polytechnique, Paliseau, France.

                       1/95 - 12/95:  On sabbatical leave,  Allan Cox Visiting Professor, Department of Geophysics, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University.

                       9/88 - 8/89:  On sabbatical leave,  Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology.


9/1964 - 8/1981:   Brown University, Providence, RI;  Division of Engineering.




                       L. Herbert Ballou Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics  (7/73 - 8/81);

                       Professor of Engineering  (7/70 - 8/81);

                       Associate Professor of Engineering  (7/68 - 6/70);

                       Assistant Professor of Engineering  (7/65 - 6/68);

                       NAS-NRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate  (9/64 - 6/65).


                       9/71 - 8/72:  On sabbatical leave,  NSF Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, and Overseas Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK.





      9/1958 - 8/1964     Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

                                           B.Sc., Engineering Mechanics, 6/62

                                           M.Sc., Applied Mechanics, 6/63

                                           Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, 10/64

                                          (see below for honorary degrees)





These examine the solid and fluid mechanics, and materials and thermal physics, of earth and environmental processes. The focus is on stressing, deformation, fracture and flow in seismology and tectonophysics, glaciology, and surficial geologic processes, as well as on geomechanical and hydrological aspects of civil, environmental and energy engineering.  Studies on the science of earthquakes have addressed the nucleation of seismic rupture, thermo- and hydro-mechanical weakening of fault zones during seismic slip, fracture propagation through branched and offset fault systems, tsunami generation and propagation, and relations among stressing, seismicity and deformation in or near continental and subduction fault systems, including the physics of aseismic deformation transients.  In studies of hydrologic and poromechanical processes, fluid interactions in the deformation and failure of earth materials are addressed.  Such have applications to glacial flows, including rapid and episodic ice motions, the origin of Antarctic ice streams, massive ice-sheet under-flooding events, and glacial earthquakes, to submarine and subaerial landslide processes, and to fracturing and faulting associated with geotechnical energy technologies. Work in earlier years included a strong focus on mechanical and materials engineering, addressing the theory of crack propagation in elastic-plastic metals, path-independent integrals in elasticity, the structure of inelastic constitutive relations for solids, microscopic mechanisms of cleavage and ductile or creep rupture, the thermodynamics of interfacial embrittlement, wave effects in tensile crack dynamics, sliding friction and its instabilities, deformation localization into shear zones, and landslides in overconsolidated soil slopes.  Contributions were also made to techniques of computational mechanics, including finite-element and spectral elastodynamic methods.







American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member, 1964 - ; elected Fellow, 1980 -.

American Geophysical Union, Member, 1975 - ; elected Fellow, 1988-.

American Society of Civil Engineers, Member, 1976 - .

American Physical Society, Materials Physics & Fluid Dynamics Divisions, Member, 1995 -.

American Academy of Mechanics, Member, 1988 - ; elected Fellow, 1990 -.

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member; elected Fellow, 1981 -.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected Fellow, 1978 -.

National Academy of Engineering, USA, elected Member, 1980 -.

National Academy of Sciences, USA, elected Member, 1981 -.

Royal Society of Edinburgh, elected Honorary Fellow, 1990 - .

Royal Society of London, elected Foreign Member, 1996 -.

AcadŽmie des Sciences, Institut de France, elected AssociŽ ƒtranger (Foreign Member), 2000 -.

Spanish Academy of Engineering, elected Corresponding Member, 2001 -.


      COMMITTEES (current and some previous):


Board of Trustees, Lehigh University, 1988 - 1998.

Committee on Seismology, National Research Council Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Resources, 1992 - 1998.

Committee on Science of Earthquakes, National Research Council Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources, 1996 - 2002.

Council on Materials Sciences, Materials Sciences Program of Basic Energy Sciences Division, Department of Energy, 1997 - 1999.

Advisory Board, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, 1998 - 2000.

Visiting Committee Member, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2001 - 2009.

Board of Directors, Harvard University representative, NSF-USGS Southern California Earthquake Center, 2002 - .

Scientific Advisory Board, San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) of NSF Earthscope Program, 2004 - 2007.

Scientific Advisory Committee, DŽpartement Terre Atmosphre Ocean, ƒcole Normale SupŽrieure, Paris, 2005 - 2009.

International Advisory Committee, Engineering Science Programme, National University of Singapore, 2006 - 2010.

Scientific Advisory Committee, ParisTech (formerly, Grandes Ecoles d'IngŽnieurs de Paris), 2008 - 2012.

Faculty Advisor, Engineers Without Borders USA, Harvard University Student Chapter, 2008 - 2012.

Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, National Research Council, 2011 - .

Member, National Research Council study group on State of the Art and Practice in Earthquake Induced Soil Liquefaction Assessment, 2013 - 2015.

Visiting Committee, Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, California Institute of Technology, 2013 - 2014.



      EDITORIAL (current, but largely inactive):


Editorial Advisor, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 1978 -.

Editorial Board, Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, 1978 -.

Editorial Advisory Board, Acta Geotechnica, 2005 - .

Advisory Board, Acta Geophysica, 2006 - .





¥ Charles B. Dudley Medal of the American Society for Testing and Materials for the paper "Mechanics of Crack Tip Deformation and Extension by Fatigue" (ASTM STP-415, 1967, p. 237), 1969.

¥ Henry Hess Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the paper "A path independent integral and the approximate analysis of strain concentration by notches and cracks" (ASME J. Appl. Mech., 1968, 35, p. 379), 1969.

¥ Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers "for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within ten years following graduation", 1971.

¥ U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics Award for Outstanding Research in Rock Mechanics, June 1977, shared with J.W. Rudnicki, based on the co-authored paper "Conditions for the localization of deformation in pressure-sensitive dilatant materials" (J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 1975, 23, p. 371).

¥ George R. Irwin Medal of the American Society for Testing and Materials, Committee E-24 on Fracture Testing, shared with J.W. Hutchinson for "significant contributions to the development of nonlinear fracture mechanics", 1982.

¥ William Prager Medal of the Society for Engineering Science for "outstanding achievements in solid mechanics", 1988.

¥ American Academy of Mechanics Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1992.

¥ Francis Birch Lecturer, American Geophysical Union, on "Problems in earthquake source mechanics", 1993.

¥ Timoshenko Medal, Applied Mechanics Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, "for seminal contributions to the understanding of plasticity and fracture of engineering materials and applications in the development of computational and experimental methods of broad significance in mechanical engineering practice", 1994.

¥ Francis J. Clamer Medal for Advances in the Field of Metallurgy, Franklin Institute, for "development of the J-integral for the accurate prediction of elastic-plastic fracture behavior in metal from easily obtained data", 1996.

¥ Nadai Award, Materials Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, "for major contributions to the fundamental understanding of plastic flow and fracture processes in engineering and geophysical materials; and for the invention of the J-Integral which forms the basis for the practical application of nonlinear fracture mechanics to the development of standards of safety of structures", 1996.

¥ Excellence in Mentoring Award, Graduate Student Council, Harvard University, 1999.

¥ Blaise Pascal International Research Professorship, awarded by the Region Ile-de-France through the Foundation of ƒcole Normale SupŽrieure, Paris, for the 1999 calendar year, for research on "Rupture dynamics in seismology and materials physics".

¥ Maurice A. Biot Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, for Òfundamental contributions to the mechanics of porous metals and geomaterials with applications to soil mechanics, geophysics and materials science and engineeringÓ, 2007.

¥ Panetti-Ferrari International Prize for Applied Mechanics, Academy of Sciences of Turin, 2008.

¥ Louis NŽel Medal of the European Geosciences Union in the areas of rock magnetism, rock physics and geomaterials, for "seminal contributions to our fundamental understanding of strain localization, poromechanics and friction and his elegant and systematic studies have elucidated fault mechanics and the coupling with hydrologic and thermal processes during all phases of the earthquake cycle", April 2012, Vienna.

¥ Walter H. Bucher Medal, American Geophysical Union, "for original contributions to the basic knowledge of crust and lithosphere", December 2012, San Francisco.

¥ Harry Fielding Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America "for outstanding contributions in seismology and earthquake engineering", announced April 2012, presented April 2013, Salt Lake City.

¥ George Irwin Gold Medal of the International Congress on Fracture (ICF) for "a senior researcher whose pioneering contributions have had lasting impact on engineering applications of fracture theories", presented June 2013 at ICF-13, Beijing.

¥ Theodore von Karman Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers, for "fundamental contributions to mechanics and its engineering applications", announced March 2014, presented during the June 2015 ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference at Stanford Univ.  Citation: "For almost half a century, Dr. Rice has defined many of the most exciting frontiers of solid mechanics. His papers on the J-integral and the crack-tip field launched the field of nonlinear fracture mechanics. His seminal work on localization of deformation, growth and coalescene of voids, theory of plasticity, ductile-to-brittle transition has sharpened our understanding of the nonlinear, dissipative mechanical behavior of materials. He has made significant contributions to fields like interfacial fracture, poroelasticity, frictional stability, crack front waves and so on. RiceÕs work is marked by elegant mechanics, state of- the-art computations, and penetrating interpretation of results within a broad context of laboratory and field observations. He is also an excellent communicator. He has been instrumental in showing the materials science and geophysics communities that careful, rigorous mechanics can address seemingly intractable problems in their disciplines."

¥ American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Medal for 2015, for "for seminal contributions in the field of applied mechanics, particularly the J-integral method in elastic-plastic fracture mechanics that has been broadly applied in mechanical engineering and related disciplines", announced 8 June 2015, to be presented 16 November 2015 at the ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Houston.

¥ Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award at Georgia Tech, for "an educator in engineering or science who has made notable contributions to the motivations and encouragement of research through education. Its purpose is to 'recognize significant contributions to scientific research by an educator.' ", announced June 2015, to be presented 5 December 2015 during an associated 1-day symposium at Georgia Tech.





Honorary Doctor of Science Degree:  Lehigh University, 1985.

Honorary Doctor of Science Degree:  Northwestern University, 1996.

Honorary Doctor of Science Degree:  Brown University, 1997.

Honorary Doctoral Degree:  UniversitŽ Pierre et Marie Curie (University of Paris VI), 1999.

Honorary Doctoral Degree:  Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), 2005.

Honorary Doctoral Degree:  UniversitŽ Joseph Fourier (scientific division, University of Grenoble) for "GŽophysique, mŽcanique des solides", 2012.





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