Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Nuclear Science Division
Isotopes Project
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510)486-7646 Fax: (510)486-5757
E-mail: RBF@LBL.gov


1974 Ph.D. Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
1967 B.S. Chemistry, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


1979-present Staff Scientist, Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Group leader Isotopes Project 1984-1991, 2008-Present
1978-79 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University
1974-78 Postdoc Michigan State University, Cyclotron Laboratory



Over 230 research publications and 6 books; list available here.

  1. R.B. Firestone, V.S. Shirley, C.M. Baglin, S.Y.F. Chu, and J. Zipkin, Table of Isotopes, 8th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York (1996, 1998, 1999); with CD-ROM.
  2. E. Browne, R.B. Firestone, and V.S. Shirley, Table of Radioactive Isotopes, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York (1986).
  3. R.B. Firestone, A. West, S. Warwick-Smith, The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes, Innertraditions, Rochester VT (2006).
  4. G.L. Molnar, Zs. Revay, T. Belgya, R.M. Lindstrom, Ch. Yonezawa,Zs. Kasztovszky, and R.B. Firestone, Handbook of Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis, Kluwer Academic Publishers, London (2004)
  5. R.B. Firestone, H.D. Choi, R.M. Lindstrom, G.L. Molnar, S.F. Mughabghab, R. Paviotti-Corcuera, Zs. Revay, V. Zerkin, and C.M. Zhou, Database of Prompt Gamma Rays from Slow Neutron Capture for Elemental Analysis, IAEA STI/PUB/1263, 251 pp (2007).
  6. R.B. Firestone et al, Evidence for an extraterrestrial impact event 12,900 years ago that led to megafaunal extinctions and the onset of Younger Dryas cooling, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 104, 16016-16021 (2007).
  7. S.M. Mauer, R.B. Firestone, C.R. Scriver, Databases: Science's Neglected Legacy, Nature 405, 116 (2000).
  8. B. Singh, R. Zywina, and R.B. Firestone, Table of Superdeformed Nuclear Bands and Fission Isomers, Second Edition, Nucl. Data Sheets 97, 241 (2002).
  9. M.K. Firestone, R.B. Firestone, J.M. Tiedje, Nitrous Oxide from Soil Denitrification: Factors Controlling its Biological Production, Science 208, 749 (1980).
  10. R.B. Firestone, A=24, Nuclear Data Sheets 108, 2319 (2007).
  11. D.L. Perry, R.B. Firestone, G. Molnar, Zs. Revay, Zs. Kasztovszky, R.C. Gatti, and P. Wilde, Neutron-Induced Prompt Gamma-ray Activation Analysis (PGAA) of Metals and Non-metals in Ocean Floor Geothermal Vent-Generated Samples, Anal. At, Spectrom. 16, 1 (2001).
  12. R.B. Firestone, G.A. English, J. Reijonen, F. Gicquel, K-N. Leung, D.L. Perry, G. Garabedian, B. Bandong, Zs. Revay and G.L. Molnar, Analysis of Fissile Materials by High-Energy Neutron-Induced Fission Decay Gamma Rays, J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 265, 241 (2005).

Awards and Societies

  1. Member American Physical Society 1965-Present
  2. Member Sigma Xi 1977-Present
  3. LBNL Outstanding Performance Award 1998