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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

2014 Denis Jacquemin For his advances in the simulation of physical properties, notably of excited states, of solvated dyes and photochromes wit near-chemical accurary.
2013 Filipp Furche For his developments in time-dependent density functional theory and its application to photochemistry, and his contributions to the random-phase 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 reduced-scaling coupled-cluster 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 bond-breaking, in particular the spin-flip method.
2006 Lucas Visscher For his outstanding achievements in relativistic quantum chemistry.
2005 Ursula Röthlisberger For her research on the Car-Parrinello 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 wave-function 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.
 
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