Robert Cava is Professor of Chemistry and Materials at Princeton University. He was Chair of the Princeton Chemistry Department from 2004 to 2010, and Acting Director of the Princeton Materials Institute from 2001 to 2002. He began at Princeton in 1997 after working at Bell Laboratories from 1979 to 1997, where he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST from 1978 to 1979 after receiving his Ph.D. in ceramics from MIT in 1978. In 2008 he was recognized as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.