Earth Science, Physical Science
Low-temperature molecular spectroscopy
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Dr. Nishimura earned his doctorate at UC Davis and did postdoctoral work at Berkeley. He has mentored student researchers for more than 40 years, involving them in his work. The first recipient of Westmont’s Faculty Research Award in 1984, he was named a Professor of the Year in 1998 and a Distinguished Professor in 2003. He held Westmont’s first endowed faculty chair in the sciences. Specializing in physical chemistry and molecular spectroscopy, he has received more than 15 external grants from such sources as the American Chemical Society, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.