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Robert Gamache

Robert Gamache, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus


Theoretical molecular spectroscopy with emphasis on the spectral line shape problem

Research Interest

The interaction of radiation with matter in the collision process, and chemistry and physics of planetary atmospheres with particular application to remote sensing. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the theory of the line shape of the molecules in the Earth’s and planetary atmospheres.  Gamache teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, 1978, Chemical Physics Laboratory, UMass Amherst 
Research: "The Theory of Molecular Crystal Defects and Small Molecules Trapped in Matrices" 

M.S. Molecular Physics, 1976, UMass Amherst 
Research: "The Electronic Structure of Solids via the Hartree-Fock-Roothaan Method"

B.S. Chemistry, 1973, UMass Dartmouth  (Southeastern Massachusetts University)
Research: "Raman Studies of Nucleic Acids"


Robert Gamache is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and International Relations at the University of Massachusetts’ President’s Office and professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at UMass Lowell. Prof. Gamache is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts receiving his baccalaureate in Chemistry from the Dartmouth campus and his graduate degrees, Physics and Chemistry, from the Amherst campus. He joined the President’s Office with 34 years of experience at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as an active researcher, administrator for the Center for Atmospheric Research, a professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Science, and Dean of the University Of Massachusetts School of Marine Sciences. He maintains his active researcher role at the Lowell campus and has a team of several undergraduate researchers and a post-doctoral researcher.

Professor Gamache has presented well over 200 papers at professional conferences, published over 175 peer-reviewed journal articles and scientific reports, and has delivered numerous invited lectures in the United States, Russia, North Africa, and Europe. He has a long-standing relationship with universities in France. He has had ten invited professorships since 1990 and spent his 2002 sabbatical leave as a CNRS research associate at the Laboratory of Molecular Photo-Physics of the University of Paris South. His fields of expertise include the interaction of radiation with matter, and chemistry and physics of atmospheres with particular application to remote sensing. He was the co-recipient of the 1998 Sir Harold Thompson Memorial Award, which is presented by Pergamon Journals, Ltd. to the authors of the paper that makes the most significant contribution to spectroscopy. Gamache was selected by Thompson-Reuters for their list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.”

He is currently principal investigator for more than $400K in federal grants, with over three million in external funding received to date. Prof. Gamache’s current work aids satellite programs of NASA’s Earth Observing System, missions to Mars and Venus, several satellite programs of ESA, EUMETSAT and CNES, and the study of the atmospheres of exoplanets. Gamache is recognized as one of the leading researchers in his field.