Joseph O. Hirschfelder


Born on 30 November, 1913. Homer D. Adkins Professor of Chemistry & Director, Theoretical Chemistry Institute University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Debye Award ; Sir Alfred Egerton Gold Medal; University of Brussels Medal; Honorary Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member of the United States National Academy of Science; Fellow-American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Editor, Molecular Theory of Gases and Liquids; Editor, Effects of Atomic Weapons (First Edition); Editor, Intermolecular Forces (Advances in Chemical Physics, Vol. 12); Editor, Chemical Dynamics.

Important Contributions:

Degenerate R-S Perturbation Theory, J. Chem. Phys. (1974). On Optimizing the Treatment of Exchange Perturbations, Chem. Phys. Lett. 14, 293 (1972). New Partitioning Perturbation Theory. I. General Formalism, J. Chem. Phys. 52, 5977 (1970). Chapter one of Intermolecular Forces, edited by Joseph O. Hirsch?felder, Advances in Chemical Physics, Vol. 12 (John Wiley, 1967). Perturbation Theory for Exchange Forces, 1, Chem. Phys. Letts. 1, 325 (1967). Perturbation Theory for Exchange Forces, II, Chem. Phys. Letts. 1, 363 (1967). Recent Developments in Perturbation Theory (Advances in Quantum Chemistry), Academic Press, 1964, Vol. 1. Hypervirial Theorems for Variational Wave Functions, Phys. Rev. 123, 1495 (1961). Long-Range Interaction of Two 1s-Hydrogen Atoms Expressed in Terms of Natural Spin-Orbitals, Mole. Phys. 2, 229 (1959). General Collision Theory Treatment for the Rate of Bimolecular, Gas Phase Reactions, J. Chem. Phys., 30, 1426 (1959).

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