Volume 95 Issue 1 | pp. 36-37 | Awards
Issue Date: January 2, 2017

Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry: Bruce J. Berne

Department: ACS News
Keywords: National Awards, awards
Bruce J. Berne
Credit: Courtesy of Bruce Berne
Photo of Bruce J. Berne.
Bruce J. Berne
Credit: Courtesy of Bruce Berne

Sponsor: DuPont

Citation: For pioneering theoretical and computer simulation studies of liquid state and biomolecular systems, and for dramatically increasing the impact of these methods in physical chemistry.

Current position: Higgins Professor of Chemistry, Columbia University

Education: B.S., chemistry, City University of New York; Ph.D., chemical physics, University of Chicago

Berne on what he hopes to accomplish in the next decade: “I hope to play an important role in drug discovery, especially with respect to anticancer drugs. I have lost too many loved ones and friends to cancer, and in the time remaining I would be thrilled to make a significant contribution to this field. I believe that there is considerable room for methodological advances to make a major impact. It is a hotly contested area.”

What his colleagues say: “No scientist is more responsible for the successful evolution of theory with computation than Bruce Berne. He developed ground-breaking theoretical and computational methods, creatively combined, to solve numerous important problems in the field of physical chemistry.—Gregory A. Voth, University of Chicago


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