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Martin Head-Gordon

Martin Head-Gordon

Professor Martin Head-Gordon FRS


Elected: 2019


Martin Head-Gordon is the Kenneth S. Pitzer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Faculty Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A native of Australia, Martin has been at Berkeley since 1992.

Martin’s research interests center on developing electronic structure theory, algorithms, and simulation codes, with the goal of attaining accurate computable models for exploring chemical problems ranging from catalytic reaction mechanisms to understanding of molecular interactions and chemical bonds. Some of his research achievements include the development of accurate, widely used density functionals, efficient numerical algorithms for calculating the rate-determining Coulomb and exchange interactions in density functional theory, and a range of wave-function methods to treat the electron correlation problem in ground and excited states.

Martin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, became a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2012, and was elected as a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2015.

Professional positions

Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Senior Faculty Scientist, Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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