Dudley Herschbach attends Campbell High School where he takes all science and mathematics courses offered.

Moving to Harvard, Dudley Herschbach receives the A.M. in Physics.

For his thesis "Internal Rotation and Spectroscopy" Dudley Herschbach is awarded the PhD in Chemical Physics in 1958.

Dudley Herschbach moves to the University of California, Berkeley and joins the Chemistry Faculty. He is appointed as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1959 and becomes Associate Professor in 1961. In 1959 he begins his studies on molecular features that influence the rate of chemical reactions.

For his "contributions concerncing the dynamics of chemical elementary processes" Dudley Herschbach is awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1986.

One year after gaining his B.S., Dudley Herschbach achieves a M.S. in chemistry titled "Theoretical Pre-exponential Factors for Bimolecular Reactions."

Dudley Herschbach marries Georgene Botyos, a graduate student in organic chemistry. They have two daughters.

As first of six children Dudley Robert Herschbach is born to his parents Dorothy and Robert Herschbach in 1932.

During his time as Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard, Dudley Herschbach develops "plans for molecular beam studies of elementary chemical reactions" (Herschbach).

In 1976 Dudley Herschbach is appointed as Baird Professor of Science at Harvard University.

Dudley Herschbach enters Stanford University and receives his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1954.

Dudley Herschbach becomes Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University.

With the help of a self-designed intrument, Dudley Herschbach develops the method of crossed molecular beams. During his work he also illuminates the dynamics of the basic types of reaction.