Herschel Rabitz graduated from Harvard University in 1970, earning his Ph.D. in chemical physics. This was followed by post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin. In 1971 Professor Rabitz joined the faculty of the Princeton University Department of Chemistry, and from July 1993 to July 1996 he was chair of the department. He is also an affiliated member of Princeton University's Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.
Professor Rabitz's research interests lie at the interface of chemistry, physics, and engineering, with principal areas of focus including: molecular dynamics, biophysical chemistry, chemical kinetics, and optical interactions with matter. An overriding theme throughout his research is the emphasis on molecular scale systems analysis.