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Wales, Prof. David John free

Wales, Prof. David John free

PhD, ScD, FRS 2016

Born Epping, Essex 21 Sept. 1963; s of John and Patricia Wales; m 1990, Dr Caroline Anne Brown; one s one d

Professor of Chemical Physics, University of Cambridge, since 2009; Fellow, Downing College, Cambridge, since 1990


Newport Free Grammar Sch.; Gonville and Caius Coll., Cambridge (Open Schol.; BA 1985); Univ. of Cambridge (MA 1988; PhD 1988; ScD 2004)


Res. Fellow, Downing Coll., Cambridge, 1987–93; ESU Lindemann Trust Fellow, Univ. of Chicago, 1989; Lloyd’s of London Tercentenary Fellow, 1990; Royal Soc. Univ. Res. Fellow, 1991–98; Lectr, 1998–2004, Reader in Chem. Physics, 2004–08, Univ. of Cambridge. Visiting Professor: Univ. de Paris-Sud, Orsay, 1999; Harvard Univ., 1999; Boston Univ., 2006; Univ. Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, 2006; Univ. de Lyon, 2011; Universidad de la Laguna, Tenerife, 2017; Vis. Millar Prof., Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, 2020; Internat. Chair, Interdisciplinary Inst. for AI, Univ. Cote d’Azur, 2020. Baker Lectr, Cornell Univ., 2005; Inaugural Henry Frank Lectr, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2007; Dist. Lectr, Nat. Inst. of Standards and Technol., USA, 2018. Meldola Medal and Prize, 1992, Tilden Medal and Prize, 2015, RSC; Inst. for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery Award, Hokkaido Univ., 2020; Humboldt Res. Prize, 2020


(with D. M. P. Mingos) Introduction to Cluster Chemistry, 1990; Energy Landscapes, 2003; contribs to peer-reviewed jls


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