Bart Kahr was born in New York City in 1961. He studied chemistry with I.D. Reingold at Middlebury College, with Kurt Mislow at Princeton University (Ph.D. 1988), and with J.M. McBride at Yale University. He was a faculty member at Purdue University from 1990-96 and at the University of Washington, Seattle from 1997-2009. He returned to his home town where he is currently professor of chemistry in the Molecule Design Institute at New York University. His research group studies the growth, structure, and optical properties of single crystals and polycrystalline patterns.