Tilden Prize 2015 Winner

Professor David Wales
Professor David Wales
University of Cambridge


Awarded for the development of methods to elucidate potential energy landscapes and their role in dynamics and thermodynamics, with a particular emphasis on self-organisation




About the Winner

David Wales began his undergraduate career with an Open Scholarship to  Gonville and Caius College in 1982, graduating from Cambridge University in 1985 with the  Cambridge University Norrish Prize for Chemistry and the Gonville and Caius College Schuldham Plate. His PhD research was supervised by Prof. A.J. Stone in Cambridge, and this degree was awarded in 1988. He spent 1989 as a Lindemann Trust Fellow of the English-Speaking Union at the University of Chicago, working with Prof. R.S. Berry.
He returned to a Research Fellowship at Downing College Cambridge in 1990, was a Lloyd's of London Tercentenary Fellow in 1991, and a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 1991 to 1998. In 1993 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Meldola Medal and Prize. 
In 1998 he was appointed to a Lectureship in Cambridge and is now a Professor of Chemical Physics and Deputy Head of Department. He was awarded the ScD degree by Cambridge University in 2004. 
Prof. Wales was the Inaugural Henry Frank Lecturer at the Pittsburgh Center for Molecular and Materials Simulations in 2007, a Baker Lecturer at Cornell University in 2005, and has held Visiting professorships at Universite de Lyon, Boston University. Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, Universite de Paris-Sud, Orsay, and Harvard University. His research primarily involves the exploration of energy landscapes, with applications to clusters, biomolecules, soft and condensed matter, supercooled liquids and glasses.

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