Nobel Prize winner Walter Kohn, passed away on April 19'th. It is hard to overestimate the impact of his work, since density functional theory is used by a a majority of our users, in fields such as Chemistry, Physics, materials science, drug design, etc.. DFT truly brought computational science into it's own as a field and it is now widely used in both initial discovery as well as understanding of experimental results, and improvement of electronic devices and materials in general. In addition, Walter was a wonderful, modest, human being - full of stories - but who would also listen to what others had to say, regardless of who they were. He was a model scientist and teacher and will be sorely missed.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016