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Ernest R. Davidson

Updated: 2016-03-20T17:43Z
Ernest R. Davidson
Born(1936-10-12) October 12, 1936 (age 79)
Terre Haute, Indiana, US
FieldsTheoretical chemistry
Quantum chemistry
Computational chemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington
Alma materRose Polytechnic Institute
Known forDavidson correction, Davidson diagonalization, Computational methods in quantum chemistry

Ernest R. Davidson, born October 12, 1936 in Terre Haute, Indiana, is Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US. He graduated from Wiley High School, Terre Haute and Rose Polytechnic Institute.

His name is associated with both the Davidson correction and the "Davidson diagonalization" method which he applied to configuration interaction methods. He is the author of over 400 publications, including Reduced Density Matrices in Quantum Chemistry, Academic Press, 1976.

He has been awarded many honors, including member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (1981) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1985) and the National Academy of Science (1987). In 2001, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.[1]


  1. ^ National Science Foundation - The President's National Medal of Science

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