The Dirac medal is awarded each year to one outstanding theoretical and computational chemist under the age of 40. To fulfil the age requirement in a given year, nominees must be less than 40 years old at the beginning of that year.
The medalist is selected by the Board through an electronic ballot.
WATOC members can suggest candidates by email to the President.
Medal winners
2013 
Filipp Furche 
For his developments in timedependent density functional theory and its application to photochemistry, and his contributions to the randomphase approximation for small bandgap systems. 
2012 
Paul Ayers 
For his numerous mathematical and computational insights in density functional theory, including its application to the theory of chemical reactivity. 
2011 
Leticia Gonzalez 
For her outstanding contributions to the combination of accurate quantum chemical methods for electronic excited states with quantum reaction dynamics to control chemical reactions. 
2010 
Daniel Crawford 
For a range of outstanding advances in theoretical chemistry, including reducedscaling coupledcluster methods for computing optical rotation and CD spectra of large chiral molecules. 
2009 
Jeremy Harvey 
For his outstanding work on the chemical reactivity of transition metal compounds, the understanding of organometallic catalysis, and the use of density functional theory for transition metal elements. 
2008 
Kenneth Ruud 
For his outstanding work on the development of ab initio methods for the calculation of molecular properties involving external sources of magnetic or electric fields. 
2007 
Anna Krylov 
For her outstanding research on new methods in electronic structure theory for the description of bondbreaking, in particular the spinflip method. 
2006 
Lucas Visscher 
For his outstanding achievements in relativistic quantum chemistry. 
2005 
Ursula Röthlisberger 
For her research on the CarParrinello simulation of chemical and biochemical systems, typified by studies on chiral Pd(II) chlorosilyl complexes. 
2004 
Jan Martin 
For the development and application of accurate methods for the prediction of thermochemical quantities, and for important collaborations with his experimental biochemistry colleagues. 
2003 
Peter Schreiner 
For outstanding applications of quantum chemistry to physical organic chemistry. 
2002 
Jerzy Cioslowski 
For invaluable contributions to the study of fullerenes and to the understanding of the chemical bond. 
2001 
Martin Kaupp 
For his application of electronic structure theory to NMR, especially involving heavier elements. 
2000 
Jiali Gao 
For the development of methods incorporating both quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics. 
1999 
Peter Gill 
For his pioneering contributions to the efficient calculation of Coulomb, exchange, and correlation energies in density functional and wavefunction based calculations. 
1998 
Timothy J. Lee 
For his significant contributions in the development of ab initio quantum chemistry methods and their application to important problems in atmospheric chemistry and theoretical spectroscopy. 
