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John A. Pople

Pople in the early 1950s.
       Pople in the early 1950s

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                             John Anthony Pople was born in 1925 in England. His primary interests before and during his undergraduate work in post-war Britain was in mathematics. He obtained his Ph.D.at Cambridge University, UK, in 1950 working with Lennard-Jones on valence theory, in particular applications to the water molecule. His thesis dealt with many aspects of water, including its response properties and bonding structures.

Pople had moved to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1958 and in 1986 he went to Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.

Pople's first major contribution was a theory of approximate MO calculations on pi-electron systems, similar/identical to the one developed by Rudolph Pariser and Robert G. Parr, Subsequently, he developed the methods of Complete Neglect of Differential Overlap (CNDO) and Intermediate Neglect of Differential Overlap (INDO), before moving to computations using Gaussians.

Pople received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998.

... [some more CV details] on this page here ...

and furthermore : Pople's autobiography may be found under the Nobel Foundation.

                             Pople around 2000.   Pople in the late 1990s

Photo originates from here

John A. Pople : The Origin of PPP Theory.

Int. J. Quant. Chem, 37, 349-354 (1990).

John A. Pople : List of Publications 1950-1989.

Int. J. Quant. Chem, 37, 355-371 (1990).

HappyAni.jpg John A. Pople :

Electron Interaction in Unsaturated Hydrocarbons.     

Trans. Faraday Soc. 49, 1375-1385 (1953).
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For a finely differentiating and very thoughtful comment on the Nobel Prize of 1998 (Pople/Kohn, DFT) you should read the following article by Kutzelnigg.

It is unfortunately still in German. To really esteem the article get hold of a person who understands German fairly well and listen to the subtle sounds!Click here!

Biographical Sketch (up to 1989)

The following text may be found in
Int. J. Quant. Chem., 38, 354 (1990).

John A. Pople was born in Burnham, Somerset, England in 1925. He received his undergraduate and graduate education at Cambridge University where he was a pupil of Sir John Lennard-Jones. Subsequently, he was a

  • fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1951—1958),
  • Lecturer in Mathematics at Cambridge (1954—1958), and then
  • Superintendent of the Basic Physics Division of the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington (1958—1964).
  • Since 1964, he has been Carnegie Professor of Chemical Physics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
  • and is presertly {1990} John Christian Warner Professor of Natural Sciences.

Dr. Pople is a theoretical chemist who has worked on molecular applications of quantum and statistical mechanics. He is the author of a number of papers on liquid structure, spectroscopy (particularly nucelar magnetic resonance), and molecular orbital theory. He is part author of three books on high nuclear magnetic resonance and molecular orbital theory.

His awards include
  • the Smith Prize (Cambridge, 1950),
  • the Marlow Medal (Faraday Society, 1958),
  • the Irving Langmuir Award (American Chemical Society, 1970),
  • the Harrison Howe Award (American Chemical Society, 1971),
  • the Gilbert Newton Lewis Award (American Chemical Society, 1973),
  • the Pittsburgh Award (American Chemical Society, 1975),
  • the Morley Award (American Chemical Society, 1976),
  • the Pauling Award (American Chemical Society, 1977),
  • the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior U.S. Scientist Award (1981),
  • the G. Willard Wheland Award (University of Chicago, 1981),
  • he Evans Award (Ohio State University, 1982),
  • the Oesper Award (University of Cincinnati, 1984), and
  • the Davy Medal (Royal Society, 1988).

He is a fellow of
  • the Royal Society of London (1961),
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1971), and
  • a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1980).

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