UF professor wins international award for research in quantum chemistry
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — So Hirata, an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Florida, has been selected to receive the 2008 Annual Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. The academy awarded Hirata in recognition of his “theory and algorithm developments in electron correlated methods for molecules and extended systems.”
A faculty member in the departments of chemistry and physics, Hirata is also a member of the Quantum Theory Project and the Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering. His research focuses on the development of new many-body theories describing concerted motions of electrons in atoms and molecules in the gas and condensed phases and in crystalline solids.
Hirata received a doctoral degree in theoretical chemistry in 1998 from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan. He has held positions with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the University of California, Berkeley, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Hiroshima University. In 2008, Hirata was awarded the Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty Award by Hewlett-Packard and the American Chemical Society’s Division of Computers in Chemistry.
The Academy of Quantum Molecular Science is an international learned society founded in 1967 in Menton, France, and consists of 129 members who are renowned leaders of the broad field of quantum chemistry including 10 Nobel Laureates. The Annual Medal is awarded to a scientist of any nationality under 40 who has distinguished himself or herself for a pioneering contribution to the field.
The award ceremony will take place during the 13th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2009.
For more information, visit the academy Web site at http://www.iaqms.org/IAQMS.awards.html.