Prabir K. Dutta received his B.S. degree from Calcutta University, an M.S. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Princeton University. After a year of post-doctoral study at Princeton and four years of industrial research at Exxon Research and Engineering Company, he joined The Ohio State University as Assistant Professor in 1983. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and to Professor of Chemistry in 1992. Since 1998, he has been the Robert K. Fox Professor of Chemistry. He was named Distinguished University Professor in 2010. His areas of specialization include analytical spectroscopy and materials science. Professor Dutta has received several research and teaching awards, including a Society for Applied Spectroscopy Award in 1993 and an Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award in 2000. He is currently the deputy director of the multidisciplinary NSF-funded Center for Industrial Sensors and Measurements in the College of Engineering with responsibility for directing the basic research program in ceramic sensors. Professor Dutta was chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2003 through 2007.