Chemical Dynamics Award 2012 Winner

Professor Donald Truhlar
Professor Donald Truhlar
University of Minnesota

Awarded for his many fundamental contributions to the modelling and understanding of chemical reaction dynamics.

About the Winner

Donald G. Truhlar was born in Chicago in 1944. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota in 1965 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech where his adviser was Aron Kuppermann. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1969, and he is currently Regents Professor of Chemistry. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Chemistry and the Scientific Computation Program, and his research interests are centered on theoretical and computational chemical dynamics and quantum mechanics.  He has supervised 50 Ph.D. theses, nine M.S. theses, 83 postdoctoral associates, and 77 undergraduate researchers. He has been married to his wife Jane since 1965, and they have two daughters and a grandson.

Professor Truhlar is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences and a fellow of the AAAS, APS, ACS, and RSC. He received the ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research and Peter Debye Award for Physical Chemistry, the NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing, the Schrödinger medal of WATOC, the Dudley R. Herschbach Award for Molecular Collision Dynamics, and the Lise Meitner Award. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, principal editor of Computer Physics Communications, and editor of Theroetical Chemistry Accounts. He served the ACS in several capacities and is chairman of the Chemical Physics Division of the APS. His papers have been cited over 57,000 times (h-index 112).

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