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William A. Goddard III

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
A.
Last Name: 
Goddard III
Biography: 

Professor Goddard has been a member of the Faculty of the Chemistry Department at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since November 1964, where he is now Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics. His research career has focused on developing methods to solve problems in catalysis, materials science, and pharma from first principles (no use of empirical data). He uses multiscale multiparadigm technologies to make first principles methods practical for critical problems in catalysis, nanotechnology, fuel cells, and pharma. Thus, his work bridges between fundamentals of physics and chemistry, new developments in computer science, and practical applications. Professor Goddard has published over 928 scientific articles. See http://www.wag.caltech.edu/publications/papers/.

Professor Goddard has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences (US) since 1984 and recipient of numerous other awards including the Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology Theory (1999) and the 2008 Theoretical Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society. He was named as one of the 99 most Highly Cited Chemists for 1981 to 1999 (http://isihighlycited.com). In January 2004, he was awarded an honorary PhD (Honoris Causa Philosophia Doctorem) from Uppsala University, Sweden and in 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society Chemistry.

Professor Goddard is a native of California. A short autobiography is in J. Phys. Chem. A 104, 2147 (2000). He received his BS Engineering (Highest honors) from UCLA in June 1960 and his PhD in Engineering Science with a minor in physics from Caltech in October 1964.

Professor Goddard has been the Director of the Materials and Process Simulation Center in the Beckman Institute at Caltech since it was founded in 1990 to develop collaborations with industry to solve important industrial problems in materials, catalysts, and Pharma. He was also a co-founder of several companies: Accelrys (1984), Schrödinger (1991), Allozyne (2005), Systine (2005) to commercialize technologies developed partly in his group.