Dirac Medallists 2009

Roberto Car and Michele ParrinelloRoberto Car and Michele Parrinello

Roberto Car, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University
Michele Parrinello, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

The 2009 Dirac Medal recognizes the joint contributions of Roberto Car and Michele Parrinello in developing the ab initio simulation method in which they combined, elegantly and imaginatively, the quantum mechanical density functional method for the calculation of the electronic properties of matter with molecular dynamics methods for the Newtonian simulation of atomic motions. The Car-Parrinello method has had an enormous impact, joining together the fields of simulation and of electronic structure theory, and has given rise to a variety of applications well beyond condensed matter physics.

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