Klaus Ruedenberg, an Ames Laboratory senior associate and an Iowa State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, has been chosen to receive the prestigious American Chemical Society Award in Theoretical Chemistry.
The prominent ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry honors Ruedenberg as one of the few quantum chemists in the world to be recognized as a leader in establishing the field of theoretical chemistry and ensuring its viability during the last 50 years. Many of the methods and concepts he introduced have become widely accepted and used. Among Ruedenberg's note-worthy contributions is his eluci-dation of the energetic interactions that cause molecule forma-tion. It led to profound insights into the basic origin and physical nature of the chemical bond. Closely related are his methods for creating a rigorous quantum theoretical foundation for the two-hundred-year-old empirical model of molecules being built from atoms. His approach elucidates how atoms get modified in a molecular environment. Fundamental theoretical aspects regarding the understanding of chemical reactions have been illuminated by Ruedenberg's studies of molecular potential energy surfaces. His discoveries regarding intersect
ions of energy surfaces are relevant for photochemistry.
In recent work, Ruedenberg has been addressing the problem of electron correlation, a major bottleneck in the quest for accurate predictions of the properties, in particular energies, of ground and excited electronic states of large molecules ?a fundamental as well as practical goal of theoretical chemistry.
Ruedenberg is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Chemists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His honors include the Midwest Award of the American Chemical Society, membership in the Inter-national Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, and honorary doctorates from the universities of Basel (Switzerland), Bielefeld (Germany) and Siegen (Germany). For many years, he was editor-in-chief of the journal Theoretica Chimica Acta.
Department of Chemistry
and Ames Laboratory
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011, U.S.A.
2002年美国化学会国家奖获得者 (ACS 2002 National Award Recipients)
Summary by 何莉 on 2003-10-17
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