March 2005



Personal Information

                  Birthdate:  January 6, 1944

                  Married, two children. Wife is architect and structural engineer.



                  A.B.                                             1964, Columbia University, New York

                  Ph.D.                                          1969, University of California, Berkeley, Physics


Professional positions

                  1969-1975                         Assistant Research Physicist, Space Sciences Laboratory

                  1971-1974                         Lecturer, Department  of Physics, U.C. Berkeley

                  1975-1978                         Associate Research Physicist, Joint Appointment at Lawrence

                                                                              Berkeley Laboratory and Space Sciences Laboratory

                  1978-1980                         Associate Professor of Physics, U.C. Berkeley

                  1979-Present                  Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

                                                                              Group Leader, LBL Astrophysics.

                  1980-present                  Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley



1965-1969             Cosmic-ray studies with balloon-borne superconducting magnet.

1968-1973             Nuclear interactions and decay of cascade hyperon

                                                Liquid proportional counters for high-energy physics and medicine.

                                                Gravity wave detection. Cosmic ray measurements.

1973-1977             Discovered cosine anisotropy in cosmic microwave background and high peculiar velocity (600 km/sec) of Milky Way. 

                                                "Image sharpness" theorem.  Experimental adaptive optics.

                                                Search for heavy charge +1 particles in terrestrial matter.

1976-1991             Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: Invented and first to use method for direct detection of natural radioisotopes.

                                                Design and construction of table-top "cyclotrino" for dating. 

1980-1992            Automated system for supernovae; discovered 20.

1984-present      Nemesis theory, and experimental program to find Nemesis. 

                                                Periodicities in crater ages.

                                                Theory of the effect of galactic tides on comet orbits.

1986                                Geomagnetic reversals: theory, and association with climate events.

1988                                Origin of meteorites in comet showers.

1993-2004             Radioisotope dating of lunar spherules for crater rates

1993-2003             Glacial cycles and Earth orbit perturbations (Milankovitch cycles)

1999-present      Fossil extinctions

Extraterrestrial accretion

Climate-Astrophysics links

Deep Earth geophysics


Awards and Honors

1977 Texas Instruments Foundation Founders' Prize "for outstanding achievement in the physical sciences."

1978 National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award "for highly original and innovative research which has led to important discoveries and inventions in diverse areas of physics, including astrophysics, radioisotope dating, and optics."

1982 MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship

1984 Science Digest list of 100 Outstanding Scientists Under Age 40

1985 Fellow, American Physical Society

1989 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, American University of Switzerland

1989 Newsweek citation as one of 25 Innovators in United States

1990 Miller Professorship, University of California, Berkeley

1991 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

1999 Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California at Berkeley

1999 Fellow, California Academy of Arts and Sciences


Honorary lectures

1988 Vaden Miles Memorial Lecture, Wayne State University

1990 Maria Goeppert Mayer Memorial Lecture, U.Calif. La Jolla

1990 Distinguished Lecturer, Mitre Institute, Bedford Massachusetts

1990 Wright Science Colloquium speaker, Geneva Switzerland


Physics Courses Taught

for physics majors: H7a, 105 (Mechanics); 49 (Thermodynamics); H5c, H7b, 7b, 110a,b (Electricity and Magnetism, Special Relativity); 110C (Optics); 5e, H5e, 7c, 137a,b,c (Quantum Mechanics); 129a,b (Nuclear Physics) 199, H190 (honors seminar), 295, 299 (Research), H195 (senior honors thesis), 111 (Advanced Laboratory); Graduate Seminar on Physics and U.S. Defense.

for non-majors: 10 (Qualitative Physics), 39 (Freshman Seminars); 106 (Optics for optometrists); 121, 132 (Modern Physics).

Geology & Geophysics: Seminar

New Course created

Physics for future Presidents.  This is a complete overhaul for Physics 10.


Ph. D. thesis students supervised:

Marc Gorenstein, A Measurement of Anisotropy in the Cosmic Background Radiation on a Large Angular Scale at 33 GHz (1978)

Jordin Kare, Automated Search for Supernovae, LBL-19340 (1984)

James J. Welch, A Low Energy Cyclotron for Radiocarbon Dating (1984)

M. Shane Burns, Development of a CCD Camera for an Automated Supernova Search, and Observations of a Supernova in NGC 5033 (1985)

Saul Perlmutter, An Astrometric Search for a Stellar Companion to the Sun LBL-23187 (November 1986)

Peter G. Friedman, A Low Background-Rate Detector for Ions in the 5 to 50 keV Energy Range to be used for Radioisotope Dating with a Small Cyclotron, LBL-17804 (1986)

Kirk Bertsche, A Small Low Energy Cyclotron for Radioisotope Measurements, LBL-28106, November 1989.

Timothy Sasseen, An Optical and Near Infrared Search for a Pulsar in Supernova 1987A, LBL-29992, December 1990.

Li Ping Wang (Mechanical Engineering), "Development of the 30" Remote-Operating Robotic Telescope System for the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search."  July 1991.

Heidi Marvin Newberg, "Measuring qo using Supernovae at z 0.3," July 1992, LBL-32634.

Craig Kenton Smith, Supernova Rates for the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search Using V and R Band Light Curve Templates (1995)

Alex Kim, 1997.

Matthew Kim, High Redshift Supernova Light Curves (1999).

Timothy Culler  1999 (Geophysics)

Jonathan Levine 2004.  Lunar Glass Spherules as Probes of the Meteoroid Impact History of the Moon.

Robert A. Rohde (shared with P. Buford Price). 


Consulting, Advisory boards, National Committees                     


1972-1973                   Oximetrix, San Francisco, Biomedical instrumentation.

1972-1973                   Unimark, Livermore.  Electrostatic printing.

1974-1975                   American Physical Society.  Nuclear reactor safety.

1973-present            JASON consultant to U.S. Government on energy and U.S. security.  Member of steering committee 1980 to 1982.

1979                                     NASA:  member of Innovation Study group.

                                                      NSF:  consultant on basic/applied research concepts.

1979-1980                   White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: member of committee to analyze putative South African nuclear test.

1981-1987                   Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.  Consultant fusion, U.S. security.

1982-1986                   Advisory Board, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara.

1983                                      Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy committee, Geological Survey. 

1986-1987                   Panel to Explore New Directions, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

1984-1987                   National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control.  Met twice yearly with Soviet delegation.

1989-1990                   Board of Overseers, American College of Switzerland, Leysin

1989-present            Institute for Defense Analyses, CRD, Princeton N.J.

1989-1990                   FAS Committee to study possible ASAT treaty

1990-                                   Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal

1990-present            Sponsor, Federation of American Scientists

1991                                      Helped organize the Kuwaiti Oil Fire Symposium, sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists

1990-1992                   Organizing committee, NSF Symposium on Frontiers of Science

1991-1992                   NRC Committee on Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict

1991- 1999                 Lawrence Livermore Laboratory -- advisory committee for Laboratory Directed Research and Development

1992-present            Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics, founding committee, Board of Advisors

2000-present            Berkeley Geochronology Center (BCG).  Member, Board of Directors


Professional societies                  

American Physical Society (fellow), American Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellow); International Astronomical Union, Sigma Xi, American Geophysical Union



Publications  (numbers in boldface indicate refereed journals)


1. Production and decay of cascade hyperon, with P. Dauber, J. Berge, J. Hubbard, D. Merrill, Phys. Rev. 179, 1262 (1969).

2. Study of the reaction K-N to X-K from threshold to 2.7 GeV/c (Ph.D. thesis), UCRL-19372 (August 8, 1969).

3. Prospect of high spatial resolution for counter experiments: a new particle detector using electron multiplication in liquid Argon, with S. Derenzo, R. Smits, L. Alvarez, UCRL-19254, NAL Summer Study Report, 79-102, Aspen, Colorado (July 1969).

4. Liquid-filled proportional counter, with S. Derenzo, G. Smadja, D. Smith, R. Smits, H. Zaklad, L. Alvarez, Phys. Rev. Lett. 27, 532 (1971).

5.  Twin paradox in special relativity, Am. J. Phys. 40, 966 (1972).

6.  High precision charged particle detector using Noble liquids, with S. Derenzo, G. Smadja, R. Smits, H. Zakland, L. Alvarez, Nature 233, 617 (1971).

7.  Observation of cascade hyperon interactions, Phys. Lett. 38B, 123 (1972).

8.  Search for seismic signals from gravitational radiation of pulsar CP1133, with T. Mast, J. Nelson, J. Saarloos, B. Bolt, Nature 240, 140 (1972).

9. High energy particle astronomy, with A. Buffington, L. Smith, G. Smoot, in "Astronomy from a Space Platform," Am. Astronaut. Soc. Sci. Tech. 28, 289 (1972).

10. Recent developments in high resolution Noble liquid counters, with S. Derenzo, D. Smith, R. Smits, H. Zaklad, L. Alvarez, UCRL-20118, NAL Summer Study Report, 45-74, Batavia, Illinois (December 1970).

11. Particle detectors based on Noble liquids, with S. Derenzo, R. Smits, H. Zaklad, Proc. Int. Conf. Instr. for High Energy Physics, Dubna USSR (December 1971).

12. Source of alpha particle collimated to 35 microns, with 7 other authors, UCRL-20857, UC-37 Instruments, TID-4500 58th edition (June 1971).

13. Liquid Xenon radioisotope camera, with H. Zaklad, S. Derenzo, G. Smadja, R. Smits, L. Alvarez, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. NS-19, 206 (1972).

14. Measurements of geomagnetic cutoff rigidities, with C. Pennypacker, G. Smoot, A. Buffington, L. Smith, Jour. Geophys. Res. 78, 1515 (1973).

15. Liquid-filled multi-wire proportional counter, with S. Derenzo, et al., Fourth Hawaii Topical Conf., U. Hawaii  UH-511-109, 109-111 (August 1971).

16. Preliminary images in a 24 wire liquid Xenon gamma ray camera, with H. Zaklad, S. Derenzo, R. Smits, L. Alvarez, IEEE Trans, Nuc. Sci. NS-20, 429 (1973).

17. Liquid Xenon filled wire chambers, with S. Derenzo, et al., LBL-1321, Proc. XVI Int. Conf. High Energy Physics, U. Chicago (September 1972).

18. Liquid Xenon Compton telescope: a new technique for gamma-ray astronomy, with 7 other authors, UCBSSL report series 14, issue 17.

19. Electronic processes in liquid Xenon, with S. Derenzo, T. Mast, H. Zaklad, Nucl. Inst. & Meth. 118, 611 (1974).

20. Real-time correction of atmospherically degraded telescope images through sharpening, R. A. Muller and A. Buffington, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1200 (1974).

21. Light-water reactor safety, H. Lewis and 11 other authors, Rev. Mod. Phys. 47 Suppl 1 (1975).  Summary section published separately in Physics Today 28, 38 (July 1975); Nuclear Safety  (October 1975).

22. Image, optical, R. A. Muller and A. Buffington, 1976 McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology.

23. Active image restoration with a flexible mirror, with 4 other authors, Topical Meeting on Imaging in Astronomy, Cambridge, MA (June 18-21, 1975).

24. Active image restoration with a flexible mirror, with 4 other authors, SPIE/SPSE Tech. Symp. East, 75 (March 23, 1976).

25.  Correction of atmospheric distortion with an image sharpening telescope, A. Buffington, F. Crawford, R. Muller, A. Schwemin, R. Smits, Jour. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 298 (1977).

26. First observatory results with an image-sharpening telescope, A. Buffington, F. Crawford, R. Muller, and C. Orth, Jour. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 304 (1977).

27. Aether Drift and the Isotropy of the Universe: Proposal to NASA for a search for anisotropy in the primordial blackbody radiation (1976).  Principal Investigator.

28.  Quarks with unit charge: a search for anomalous Hydrogen, R.A. Muller, L. Alvarez, W. Holley, E. Stephenson, Science 196, 521 (1977).

29.  Radioisotope dating with a cyclotron, Science 196, 489 (1977).

30.  Anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation, M. Gorenstein, R.A. Muller, G. Smoot, Bulletin of Am. Astron. Soc. 9, 431 (1977).

31. Detection of anisotropy in the cosmic blackbody radiation, G. Smoot, M. Gorenstein and R.A. Muller,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 39, 898 (1977).

32. Radiometer system to map the cosmic background radiation, M. Gorenstein, R.A. Muller, G. Smoot, J. Tyson, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 49, 440 (1978).

33. Sharpening Stellar Images, A. Buffington, F. Crawford, R.A. Muller, S. Pollaine, C. Orth, Science 200, 489 (1978).

34. The Cosmic Background Radiation and the New Aether Drift, Scientific American 238, 64-74 (May 1978).

35. Radioisotope Dating with an Accelerator: a Blind Measurement, R. A. Muller, E. Stephenson, T. Mast, LBL-7249 (December 1977), Science 201, 347 (1978).

36. Radioisotope dating with the Berkeley 88" cyclotron, LBL-7585 (April 1978), in Proc. of the Conf. on Radiocarbon Dating With Accelerators, H.E. Gove, editor, University of Rochester, 1978.

37. Radiocarbon Dating with a Cyclotron, with E. Stephenson, T. Mast. Nucl. Instr. Meth. 158, 571 (1979).

38. Radioisotope Dating with Accelerators, Physics Today, p.23-29 (February 1979).

39. Cosmic Microwave Background--present status and future prospects, LBL-8799, Annals New York Acad. Science 336, 116 (1980).

40. Cosmology, 1980 McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology.

41. Magnet-gun Igniter for Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion, R. Garwin, R.A. Muller and B. Richter, SRI Technical report JSN-77-20 (1978), Atomkernenergie 35, 300 (1980).

42. Impact Fusion with a Segmented Rail Gun, R. Garwin, R.A. Muller, and B. Richter, in Proc. of the Conference on Impact Fusion, Los Alamos (1979).

43. Radiocarbon Dating, with E. Taylor, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 5th edition, p. 328-335 (1982).

44. Cosmic Microwave Radiation, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 5th edition, p. 668-670 (1982).

45. Innovation and Scientific Funding, Science 209, 880 (1980).  (Based on testimony to the House Subcommittee on Science, Research, and Technology,  11 September 1979.  Excerpts in Federation of American Scientists Newsletter.)

46. Radioisotope Detection and Dating with Accelerators, Terry S. Mast and Richard A. Muller,  Nuclear Science Applications 1, 7 (1980).

47. Radioisotope detection with accelerators, T.S. Mast, R.A. Muller, and P.P. Tans, in "The Ancient Sun", R. Pepin, J. Eddy, R. Merrill ed., (Permagon Press, 1980); Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Suppl. 13, 191 (1980).

48.  Cosmic Quadrupole?, Nature 291, 609 (1981).

49.  Mass Spectrometry with a Very Small Cyclotron, R.A. Muller, P.P. Tans, T.S. Mast, and J.J. Welch, LBL-12797, published in Proceedings of the Symposium on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Argonne National Lab, Report ANL/PHY-81‑1 (1981).

50. The Berkeley Automated Supernova Search, presented at NATO Conference on Supernovae, June 29 - July 10, 1981, Cambridge, England.  Published as Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory report LBL-13317 (1981), and in "Supernovae: A Survey of Current Research", M.J. Rees and R.J. Stoneham, editors, (D. Reidel Co., Dordrect 1981) p. 325-339.

51.  How Black is the Universe? Nature 295, 95 (1982).

52.  Submarines, Quarks, and Radioisotope Dating,  LBL-13902 (January 1982).  in The Selected Works of Luis W. Alvarez, with Commentary, W. Peter Trower editor, Univ. Chicago Press, 1987.

53. Extinction of Species by Periodic Comet Showers, Marc Davis, Piet Hut, and R.A. Muller,  LBL-177298 (December 1983), Nature 308, 715-717 (1984).

54. Evidence in Crater Ages for Periodic Impacts on the Earth, W. Alvarez and R.A. Muller, LBL- 17300 (January 1984), published in Nature 308, 718-720 (1984).

55. Evidence for a Solar Companion Star, LBL-18271 (August 1984), published in The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Recent Developments  (M.D. Papagiannis, editor), pp. 233-243, (D. Riedel Pub. Co., Dordrecht, Holland, 1985).

56. Tidal Gravitational Forces: The Infall of "New"  Comets and Comet Showers, D. E. Morris and R.A. Muller, LBL-18942 (January 1985),  Icarus 65, 1-12 (1986).

57. Terrestrial catastrophism: Nemesis or Galaxy? R.A. Muller, M. Davis, and P. Hut,  Nature 313, 503 (February 1985).

58. Cometary showers and unseen solar companions -- a reply, R. A. Muller, P. Hut, M. Davis, and W. Alvarez, Nature  314,517-518 (1985).

59. Evidence for Nemesis: a Solar Companion Star, September 1985, LBL-20438 (October 1985), published in The Galaxy and the Solar System, ed. R. Smoluchowski, J. Bahcall,  and M. Matthews,  pp. 387-396 (University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1986).

60. A 40 keV Cyclotron for Radioisotope Dating, with J.J. Welch, Kirk J. Bertsche, P.G. Friedman, D. E. Morris, and P.P. Tans, Nucl. Instr. Meth. Phys. Res.B5, 230-232 (1984).

61. A Low Energy Cyclotron for Radiocarbon Dating, J.J. Welch, K.J. Bertsche, P. Friendman, and D.E. Morris, R. A. Muller, and P. P. Tans, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research  B18, 202-214 (1987).

62. Geomagnetic Reversals from Impacts on the Earth, Richard A. Muller and Donald E. Morris, LBL-20131, (September 1985, revised August 1986), published in Geophysical Research Letters 13, 1177-1180 (1986).  The article is summarized in Physics Today, February 1987, pp 17-20. 

63.  Evidence for Comet Showers in Meteorite Ages, S. Perlmutter and R. A. Muller, LBL-22659 (December, 1986), Icarus.74, 369-373 (1988).

64.  A low background-rate detector for 40 keV ions, P. G. Friedman, K. J. Bertsche, M. C. Michel, D. E. Morris, R. A. Muller, P. P. Tans, and J. J. Welch, LBL-22676 (January 1987), Reviews of Scientific Instruments 59, 98-111 (1988).

65. An Automated Search for Supernova Explosions, with J. T. Kare, M. S. Burns, F. S. Crawford, P. G. Friedman, C. R. Pennypacker, S Perlmutter, and R. Williams,  LBL-23782 (July 1987); Reviews of Scientific Instruments. 59(7), 1021-1030 (July 1988).

66. Status of the Berkeley Small Cyclotron AMS Project, K. J. Bertsche, P. G. Friedman, Donald E. Morris, Richard A. Muller, James J. Welch, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B29, 105-109 (1987).

67.  Advanced Accelerator Methods: The Cyclotrino, J. J. Welch, K. J. Bertsche, P. G. Friedman, D. E. Morris, and R. A. Muller, LBL-23323 (April 1987), published in the Proceedings of the University of California Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Irvine California, February 1986, J. E. Ericson and R. E. Taylor, eds, CONF-8602126 (Aug 1989; Lawrence Livermore National Lab.).

68. Observation of the Type II Supernova in M99, Carl Pennypacker, M. S. Burns, F. S. Crawford, P. G. Friedman, J. R. Graham, J. T. Kare, R. A. Muller, S. Perlmutter, C. K. Smith, R. R. Treffers, R. W. Williams, G. Basri, J. Bixler, A. V. Filippenko, C. Foltz, D.R. Garnett, R. P. Harnkess, V. Junkkarinen, R. Kennicutt, P. J. McCarthy, H. Spinrad, J. C. Wheeler, H. Willick, B. J. Wills, The Astronomical Journal 97, 186-193, plate p. 313 (January 1989).

69. Comet Showers, Periodic Extinctions, and Iridium, Science 234, 1484-1485 (1986).

70.  The Berkeley search for a faint stellar companion to the sun, S. Perlmutter, M. S. Burns, F. Crawford, P. Friedman, J. Kare, R. A. Muller, and C. Pennypacker, in Astrophysics of Brown Dwarfs, eds. M. Kafatos, R. Harrington, and S. Maran, p. 87-92 (Cambridge University Press, 1986).

71. The Status of Berkeley's Real-time Supernova Search, S. Perlmutter, F. S. Crawford, R. A. Muller, C. R. Pennypacker, T. P. Sasseen, C. K. Smith, R. Treffers, and R. Williams, in Instrumentation for Ground-Based Optical Astronomy, Conference Proceedings, Santa Cruz 1987, p. 674-680 (1988).

72. Magnetic reversal rate and sea level, R. A. Muller and D. E. Morris, Nature 332, 211 (1988).

73. Geomagnetism, Sea Level and Tectonics, a letter in reply, R.A. Muller and D.E. Morris, Physics Today 41, 122 (1988).

74. Limits on an Optical Pulsar in Supernova 1987A, C. Pennypacker, J. Kristian, J. Middleditch, M. Hamuy, J. Imamura, W. Kunkel, D. Morris, R. Muller, S. Perlmutter, S. Rawlings, T. Sasseen, I. Shelton, T. Steiman-Cameron, I. Tuohy,  Astrophysical Journal Letters 340, L61-L64 (May 15, 1989).

75. Submillisecond optical pulsar in supernova 1987A, J. Kristian, C. R. Pennypacker,  J. Middleditch, M.A. Hamuy, J.N. Imamura, W.E. Kunkel, D.E. Morris, R.A. Muller, S. Perlmutter, S.J. Rawlings, T.P. Sasseen, I.K. Shelton, T.Y. Steiman-Cameron, I.R. Tuohy, Nature 338, 234-236 (16 March 1989).

76. A Search for Nemesis: Current Status and Review of Theory. S. Perlmutter, R A. Muller, C. R. Pennypacker, C. K. Smith, L. P. Wang, S. White, H. S. Yang, to be published in the proceedings of the Second Snowbird Conference on Mass Extinctions (1989).

77. Further Analysis of the PSR1987A Discovery Data: 7.5-hour and 2-hour periods, pulse profile, and revised pulsed luminosity,  J. Middleditch, C. R. Pennypacker, J. Kristian, J. R. Graham, S. Heathcote, M.A. Hamuy, J.N. Imamura, W.E. Kunkel, R. Lucinio, D.E. Morris, R.A. Muller, S. Perlmutter, S.J. Rawlings, T.P. Sasseen, I.K. Shelton, T.Y. Steiman-Cameron, I.R. Tuohy, to be submitted to the Journal of Irreproducible Results.

78. Recent Advances in the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search: The Introduction of a Real-Time System, C. K. Smith, F. Crawford, R. A. Muller, C. Pennypacker, S. Perlmutter, T. Sasseen, R. Williams, R. Treffers, in Automatic Small Telescopes, ed. D. S. Hayes and R. M. Genet editors, pp. 47-64 (Fairborn Observatory, 1988).

79.  Automated Supernova Discoveries: status of the Berkeley project, Carl Pennypacker, Frank Crawford, Heidi Marvin, Richard A. Muller, Saul Perlmutter, Tim Sasseen, Craig Smith, Richard Treffers, Roger Willimas, Li-Ping Wang, in Particle Astrophysics: Forefront Experimental Issues, E. B. Norman editor, pp. 188-189 (World Scientific, 1989).

80. The First Year (Almost) of Real-time Automated Operation of the Berkeley Supernova Search, Saul Perlmutter, Frank Crawford, Heidi Marvin, Richard Muller, Carl Pennypacker, Tim Sasseen, Craig Smith, Li-Ping Wang, in Particle Astrophysics: Forefront Experimental Issues, E. B. Norman editor, pp. 196-197 (World Scientific, 1989).

81.  Current Status of the Berkeley Cyclotrino, K.J. Bertsche, P.G. Friedman, R.A. Muller, and J.J. Welch, LBL-25450 (1988), to be published int he proceedings of the 13 International Radiocarbon Conference, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, June 20-25, 1988.

81. Detection of radiocarbon in the cyclotrino, K.J. Bertsche, C.A. Karadi, R.A. Muller, G. C. Paulson, LBL-29556,  Nucl Instr Meth in Physics Research B, 398-404(1991).

82. Radiocarbon detection with a small low energy cyclotron, K.J. Bertsche, C.A. Karadi, R.A. Muller, LBL-29567 (1990),  Nucl. Instr. Meth. A301, March 1 1991.

83. Accelerator AMS: Cyclotrons and Cyclotrinos, R. A. Muller and K. J. Bertsche, in "Rare Nuclear Processes," pp. 93-99, World Scientific (1992); the Proceedings of the 14th Europhysics Conference on Nuclear Physics, 22-26 October 1990, Bratislava Czechoslovakia.

85. Thomas Precession: Where is the Torque?  R. A. Muller, Am. J. Physics. 60, 313-317 (1992).

86.  The New 30-inch Telescope for the Berkeley Automated Supernova Search, Li-Ping Wang, Frank S. Crawford, Ned Hamilton, Richard A. Muller, Carlton R. Pennypacker, Saul Perlmutter, and Robert Smits, in Robotic Telescopes, M. Seeds editor, Fairborn Press (1991).

87. Operatorless Discoveries of Supernovae, Carlton R. Pennypacker et al., in Robotic Telescopes, M. Seeds editor, Fairborn Press (1991).

88. Progress and New Directions for the Berkeley Supernova Search, S. Perlmutter, H. J. Marvin, R. A. Muller, C. R. Pennyupacker, T. P. Sasseen, and C. K. Smith, in Supernovae, S. E. Woosley, editor, p. 727-730, Springer-Verlag (1991).

89. The Berkeley/Anglo-Australian Observatory High-Redshift Supernova Search, G. Goldhaber, S. Perlmutter, C. Pennypacker, H. Marvin, R. A. Muller, W. Couch, B. Boyle, LBL-30591 (November 1990); Proc. Supernova Watch Workshop, Los Angles CA, Nov. 26-27, 1990.  LBL-30591, published in Trends in Astroparticle Physics, D. Cline & R. Peccei, eds, pp 504-525 (1992).

90. No Pulsar in SN1987A, J. Kristian, C. R. Pennypacker, J. Middleditch, M. A. Hamuy, S. Heathcote, J. N. Imamura, W. E. Kunkel, R. Lucino, D. E. Morris, R. A. Muller, S. Perlmutter, S. J. Rawlings, T. P. Sasseen, I. K. Shelton, T. Y. Steiman-Cameron, and R. Tuohy, Nature 349, 747 ( Feb 1991).

91. Preliminary Estimates of Core-Collapse Supernova Rates, C. Pennypacker et al., Proc. Supernova Watch Workshop, Los Angeles CA, Nov. 26-27, 1990.  LBL-30590, published in Trends in Astroparticle Physics, D. Cline & R. Peccei, eds, pp 477-482 (1992).

92. High Rate for Type Ic Supernovae, Richard A. Muller, Heidi Jo Marvin Newberg, Carlton R. Pennypacker, Saul Perlmutter, Timothy P. Sasseen, and Craig K. Smith, LBL preprint #31220, Ap. J. Lett. 384, L9-L13, January 1, 1992.

93. Cosmic background radiation, Richard A. Muller, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Astronomy, 2nd Edition (to be published, 1992).

94.  The Most Distant Supernova Observed So Far and the Quest for Omega, G. Goldhaber, C. Pennypacker, S. Perlmutter, A. Goobar, J. Desai, A. Kim, M. Kim, R. Muller, H. Newberg, I. Small, B. Boyleh, P. Bunclark, D. Carter, R. McMahon, R. Terlevich, R. Ellis, K. Glazebrook, W. Couch, proc. 2nd Nestor International Workshop in Pylos, Greece, Oct 19-21, 1992.

95.   The Nemesis Theory for a 26-Million-year Cycle, a Point/Counterpoint to Steven M. Stanley, in Biology, The Web of Life, by Daniel D. Chiras (West Publishing Co, 1993), p. 622.

96.  Cratering Rates from Lunar Xenospherules, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report LBL-34168;  R. Muller, May 25, 1993.

97. A Supernova at z = 0.458 and Implications for the Cosmological Deceleration, S. Perlmutter et al, Proc. Texas/PASCOS 92, Ann. New York Acad. Sci. 688, p 554-557 (1993).

98.  A Supernova at z = 0.458 and implications for measuring the cosmological deceleration, S. Perlmutter et al., Ap. J. 440, L41-L44 (1995).

99. Glacial cycles and extraterrestrial accretion, R. Muller, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report LBL-35665. (January, 1994).

100.  High-resolution spectral analysis of glacial cycles: eccentricity is ruled out, G. J. MacDonald and R. A. Muller, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory report LBL-35666.

101. Glacial cycles: orbital nutation dominated for the last 900,000 years, R. A. Muller and G. J. MacDonald, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report LBL-35667, (June 1994).

102. Red Sprites triggered by meteors? R. A. Muller, Eos 76, F105 (November 7, 1995).

103. Glacial cycles and orbital inclination, R.A. Muller and G. J. MacDonald, Nature 377, pp 107-108 (14 September 1995).

104.  The 100 kyr glacial cyce: eccentricity or orbital inclination?  R. A. Muller.  Abstract for invited talk, San Francisco American Geophysical Union annual meeting, published in Eos, Transactions, Vol. 77, p. F415 (November 12, 1996).

105.  A Proposed Mission Strategy to Search for Life on Mars, Nathan Lewis, John Abelson, Stan Awaramik, David Deamer, Richard Garwin, Pau Horowitz, Steven Koonin, Richard Muller, George Rossman, and Edward Stolper, NASA/JPL-Caltech workshop report (Passadena, Oct 21-23, 1997).

106. Simultaneous presence of orbital inclination and eccentricity in proxy climate records from Ocean Drilling Program Site 806, R. A. Muller and G. J. MacDonald, Geology vol. 25, p. 3-6 (1997).

107.  Glacial Cycles and Astronomical Forcing, R. A. Muller and G. J. MacDonald, Science vol 277, pp 215-218 (11 July 1997).

108. Reply to Comment of M. Schultz and M. Mudelsee, R. A. Muller and G. F. MacDonald, Geology vol. 25, p. 859-861 (1997).

109. Spectrum of 100-kyr glacial cycle: orbital inclination, not eccentricity, R.A. Muller and G. J. MacDonald, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (refereed), vol. 94, pp 8329-8334 (Aug 5, 1997).

110. Solar Forcing and Glaciation, Proceedings of the Stage-11 Workshop, USGS Open File Report 99-312, R. Poore et al., eds., pp 45-50 (May, 1999).

111. Glacial Cycles and Interplanetary Dust, Richard A. Muller, Abstract of Invited Talk presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, published in EOS, Proceedings of the 1998 Fall Meeting, page U22B-04 (1998).

112. The Pleistocene-Holocene Transition: the Role of Extraterrestrial Accretion, Daniel B. Karner, Frank Asaro, Richard A. Muller, Abstract of Poster Paper, published in EOS, Proceedings of the 1998 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, page U31A-03 (1998)

113. Laser-heating 40Ar/39Ar Dating of Lunar Impact Melt Spherules From Apollo 14: New Constraints for the Cratering History of the Moon, T. S. Culler, , R.A.  Muller, P.R. Renne, T.  Becker, A. Deino, Published in EOS Proceedings of the 1999 Spring Meeting of the AGU page DE 5420 (1999)

114. The Ice Ages and Astronomical Causes: data, spectral analysis, and models.  Richard A. Muller and Gordon J. MacDonald.  Book to be published Praxis Publishing, (2000).

115. Glacial Cycles and Interplanetary Dust, Richard A. Muller, to be published in the AGU Special Paper on Interplanetary Dust (2000).

116. Dansgaard-Oeschger Events and the 1.5-kyr Cycle, Daniel B. Karner, Brian Medeiros, Richard A. Muller, submitted to Nature.

117. Lunar impact history from 40Ar/39Ar dating of glass spherules, Timothy S. Culler, Timothy A. Becker, Richard A. Muller, Paul R. Renne, Science 287, 1785-1788 (10 March 2000).

118. Use of surface features and chemistry to determine the origin of fourteen Apollo 11 glass spherules, T. S. Culler and R. A. Muller, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Report LBNL-45703, 1999.

119. Dansgaard-Oeschger Events and the 1.5 kyr Cycle, Brian P. Medeiros, Daniel B. Karner, Richard A. Muller, Eos Transactions, AGU vol 80, no. 46, p. F14 (November 16, 1999)

120. Lunar Cratering Rates over the past 4 Gyr as determined by Ar-Ar dating of Apollo 14 Glass Spherules.  T.S. Culler, R. A. Muller, P. R. Renne.  Abstract for the 30th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 1999.

XXX Medeiros, B.P., D.B. Karner, R.A. Muller, and J. Levine, "The Global Ice Volume Record as Viewed through a Benthic d18O Stack," Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 81(48), Fall Meeting Supplement, abstract OS51B-0026, 2000.

121. Muller, R. A., Becker, T. A., Culler, T. S., Renne, P. R., Solar System impact rates measured from lunar spherule ages, pp. 447-452, in Accretion of Extraterrestrial Matter Throughout Earth's History, B. Peucker-Ehrenbrink and B. Schmitz, editors, Kluwer Publishers, 466 pages (2001).

122. Glacial Cycles and Interplanetary Dust, Muller, R.A.,pp. 143-161, in Accretion of Extraterrestrial Matter Throughout Earth's History, B. Peucker-Ehrenbrink and B. Schmitz, editors, Kluwer Publishers, 466 pages (2001).

123. Causality Problem for Milankovitch.  D. Karner and R. Muller, Science vol 288, p 2143-2144 (23 June 2000).

124. Time-Variable Cratering Rates?  Richard A. Muller, Timothy A. Becker, Timothy S. Culler, Daniel B. Karner, and Paul R. Renne, Science vol 288, 2095a (23 June 2000).

125. Levine, J., D.B. Karner, and R.A. Muller, "Warming at 140 ka:  Causality Problem for Milankovitch?" Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 82(47), Fall Meeting Supplement, abstract U12A-0004, 2001.

126. R. A. Muller, Book review, "The Secret Life of Dust", by Hannah Holmes, EOS vol. 83, pp 316-317, 16 July 2002.

127. Muller, R.A., 2002, Measurement of the lunar impact record for the past 3.5 b.y. and implications for the Nemesis theory, in Koeberl, C., and MacLeod, K.G., eds., Catastrophic Events and Mass Extinctions: Impacts and Beyond: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Special Paper 356, p. 659–665.

128. D. B. Karner, J. Levine, B. Medeiros, R. A. Muller, Constructing a stacked benthic d18o record, Paleoceanography vol 17,  p. 2-1 to 2-12 (2002).

129. Muller, R.A., J. Levine, and R. Rohde, "Avalanches at the Core-Mantle Boundary: Possible Role in Geomagnetic Reversals, Mantle Plumes, and Superchrons," Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 83(47), Fall Meeting Supplement, abstract MR72B-1031, 2002.

130. Rohde, R.A., J. Levine, and R. Muller, "A New Analysis of the Cloud-Cosmic Ray Connection," Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 83(47), Fall Meeting Supplement, abstract GC21B-0167, 2002.

131. Muller, Richard A., Avalanches at the core-mantle boundary, Geophys. Res. Lett. 29(19), 1935, DOI 10.1029/2002GL015938, (2002).

132. D. Karner, J. Levine, R. Muller, F. Asaro, M. Ram, M. Stole, Extraterrestrial accretion from the GISP2 ice core, Geoch. Cosmochim. Acta Vol. 67, pp 751-763, 2003.

133. Levine, J., D.B. Karner, R.A. Muller., and P.R. Renne, "Lunar Impact History from Apollo 12 Glass Spherules," Proceedings of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXXIV, abstract 1034, 2003. 

134. Rhode, R.A., J. Levine, and R.A. Muller, "The Roles of El Nio and Solar Forcing on Cloud Cover," Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 84(46), Fall Meeting Supplement, abstract GC31B-0181, 2003.

135. W. Munk, N. Oreskes, R. Muller, "Gordon Macdonald – a biographical memoir", National Academies Press 2004.

136. J. Kirkby, A. Mangini, R. A. Muller, The Glacial Cycles and Cosmic Rays, CERN–PH–EP/2004–027, published at arXiv: physics/0407005.

137. Levine, J., R.A. Muller, and P.R. Renne, "Electron Microscopy of Apollo 12 Glass Spherules," Proceedings of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXXV, abstract 1033, 2004.

138. Rohde, R. and Muller, R., Cycles in Fossil Diversity, Nature Vol 434, 208-210, March 10, 2005.

139. Observations of El Nino/Southern Oscillation in Satellite Cloud Data, R. A. Rohde, J. Levine, R. A. Muller. 



Nemesis.  Weidenfeld & Nicolson (New York, 1988). Trade book. Published in 4 languages.

The Three Big Bangs, Philip Dauber and Richard A. Muller.  Trade book. Addison-Wesley 1996.

The Sins of Jesus, a novel (Auravision Publishing 1999; ISBN 0-9672765-1-9)

The Ice Ages and Astronomical Causes: data, spectral analysis, and mechanisms.  Richard A. Muller and Gordon J. MacDonald.  Technical book, Springer-Praxis Publishing, 2000.

Condensed Knowledge.  Physics chapter only.  A book of humor.  2004.

The Annotated Special Relativity.  April 2005.

Physics for future Presidents.  Undergraduate text. Online at; to be published by Addison-Wesley.



Essays: Technology for Presidents –published by MIT's Technology Review.  Copies are available at

       Springtime, Taxes, and the Attack on Iraq (Feb '02) War is inevitable

         Crop duster terrorism (March '02) Weapons from the corner station

          Al Qaeda's Anthrax (April '02) See agreement from David Tell

          Weapons of Precise Destruction. (May '02) Predator assassination

          The Conservation Bomb. (June '02) Can counter the population bomb

          Who's afraid of 1984? (July '02) Orwell got it backwards

          Airport Insecurity. (Aug '02) The real threat is checked luggage

          Did Everything Change? (Sept '02) Why Al Qaeda failed

          The Lowest-Tech Atom Bomb (Oct '02) Saddam's easiest approach

          War with Iraq -- As Predictable as Chess (Nov '02) You'll be surprised

          North Korea -- the next Iraq? (Dec '02) Yes and no

          Iraq inspections -- just as expected. (Jan '03) They won't find WMD

          Space Shuttle Science (Feb '03) Is it safe? Is it science?

          Baghdad Express (March '03) A weapon of mass transport?

          Shock and Awe in Babylon (April '03) Early suprises in Gulf War II.

          The Weapons Paradox (May '03). Are kinder, gentler weapons, always evil?

          Deceiving Saddam (June '03) To fool someone, you may have to fool all.

          Hydrogen Economy Pollution (July '03) Not as clean as you might think.

          When Lie Detectors Lie - or Don't (August '03) They do have valid uses.

          Cuba Low-Tech (Sept '03). Observations from my visit to Cuba.

          Bizarre Math of Elections (Oct '03). Low voter turnout may be a healthy sign.

          The Physics Diet (Nov '03). Exercise doesn't work. Eating less does.

          Medieval Global Warming (Dec '03) Medieval climate is politicized.          

          The Voice of Osama (Jan '04). Why I think Osama bin Laden is still dead.

          Our Non-expedition to Mars (Feb '04). Mars in 26 years? Only after robots.

          The Witch of Yucca Mountain (March '04). Can research reassure? Nope.

          Alaska is melting. Can Kyoto save it? (April '04). Climate is local too.

          Less Lethal Weapons (May '04). Are they good or bad?

          Dirty Bombs (June '04). My greatest fear is fear itself.

          Military Lessons from Iraq War II (July '04). Some may surprise you.

          Death of the Dinosaurs (Aug '04). There's a lot more we don't know now.

          Global Warming Bombshell (Oct '04). The poster child is discredited.          

          The Physics of Gluttony (Nov '04). You lose weight only by breathing.


Supernova discoveries reported in International Astronomical Union Telegrams/Circulars


        1.       Supernova 1986I in M99, Circular 4219, 20 May 1986.

        2.       Supernova 1986N in NGC 1667, Circular 4287,  23 December 1986.

        3.       Supernova 1986O in NGC 2227, Circular 4298, 15 January 1987.

        4.       Supernova 1987K in NGC 4651, Circular 4426, 30 July 1987.

        5.       Supernova 1988H in NGC 5878, Circular 4560, 8 March 1988.

        6.       Supernova 1988L in NGC 5480, Circular 4590, 4 May 1988

        7.       Supernova 1989A in NGC 3687, Circular 4721, 24 January 1989

        8.       Supernova 1989L in NGC 7339, Circular 4791, June 3, 1989.

        9.       Supernova 1990B in NGC 4568, Circular 4949, January 1990.

    10.       Supernova 1990E in NGC 1035, Circular 4965, February 16, 1990.

    11.       Supernova 1990H in NGC 3294, Circular 4992, April 11, 1990

    12.       Supernova 1990 U in NGC 7479, Circular 5063, July 28, 1990.

    13.       Supernova 1990aa in UGC540, Circular 5087, September 4, 1990.

    14.       Supernova 1991A in IC2973, Circular 5153, January 4, 1991.

    15.       Supernova 1991 B in NGC 5426, Circular 5163, January 12, 1991.

    16.       Supernova 1991 M in IC 1151, Circular 5207, March 13, 1991.

    17.       Supernova 1991 N in NGC 3310, Circular 5227, March 30, 1991.

    18.       Supernova 1992bi at z = 0.457, Circular 5652, November 12, 1992.



1. Subatomic particle detector with liquid electron multiplication medium, with L. Alvarez, S. Derenzo, R. Smits, H. Zaklad, S. #3,659,105 (assigned to U.S.A.).

2. Imaging transducer for radiation particles, with H. Zaklad, S. Derenzo, R. Smits,  #3,898,465 (assigned to U.S.A.). (biomedical instrumentation)

3. Method and Composition of Matter for Detecting Large Quantities of Paper Currency (tagging of banknotes) to impede smuggling; US Patent #5,057,268 (Oct 15, 1991).

4. Optically-Neutral Laser Shield (for broad-band eye protection); US Patent #5,208,698, May 4, 1993. 


Poetry, Popular Articles, and unrelated experience

1. The Song of Creation, a poem published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 336, 115 (1980).

2. Heart of Darkness, a description of a solar eclipse, published in the California  Monthly, May 1979, p.5.

3. An Adventure in Science, The New York Times Magazine, 24 March 1985, p. 34.  Condensed version printed in Reader's Digest, October 1985.

4. Inn Season Restaurant; creator and owner (with wife and sister), 1921 Grove Street, Berkeley, California, December 1976 through November 1982.  Eclectic cuisine.

5. Luis W. Alvarez, an appreciation, published in the California Monthly 99, no. 2, November 1988, page 5; also published in the LBL Research Review 13, 18-19 (Fall/Winter 1988), and in The Skeptical Inquirer  14, 52-56 (Fall 1989).