2010 Schrödinger Medal awarded to E.J. Baerends

The World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) recently announced that Professor Evert Jan Baerends will receive its 2010 Schrödinger Medal for “his pioneering contributions to the development of computational density functional methods and his fundamental contributions to density functional theory and density matrix theory.” The Schrödinger Medal is awarded annually “for the outstanding computational chemist in the world who has not previously been awarded this honor.” Professor Baerends has spearheaded the development of density functional theory as a practical tool from the early stages in his career: from the beginnings of what was to become the ADF program in the 1970’s through today. He is currently professor at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, as well as Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea, and he continues to be a prominent member of the ADF development team.

This makes Professor Baerends the third member of the ADF developers community to be honored by the WATOC. In 2004, Prof. Tom Ziegler (University of Calgary) was also awarded the Schrödinger Medal, and in 2006 Prof. Lucas Visscher (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) was awarded WATOC’s Dirac medal.