Walter Kohn

Physicist, Academic

1923 –

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Who is Walter Kohn?

Walter Kohn is an Austrian-born American theoretical physicist. He was awarded, with John Pople, the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1998. The award recognized their contributions to the understandings of the electronic properties of materials. In particular, Kohn played the leading role in the development of density functional theory, which made it possible to incorporate quantum mechanical effects in the electronic density. This computational simplification led to many insights and became an essential tool for electronic materials, atomic and molecular structure.

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Born
Mar 9, 1923
Vienna
Also known as
  • Walter Samuel Gerst Kohn
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Austria
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto
    Physics
    ( - 1945)
  • Applied mathematics
  • PhD, Harvard University
    Physics
    ( - 1948)
  • Master of Arts, University of Toronto
    Applied mathematics
    ( - 1946)
Employment
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
Lived in
  • Santa Barbara

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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