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John P. Perdew

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Dates

August 30, 1943 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Perdew, John P.

Biography

Abstract

John Perdew is Professor of Physics at Tulane University (1982-present). Other institutional affiliations include Rutgers University and University of Toronto. His research interests include theoretical condensed matter physics; fundamentals, approximations and applications of the density functional theory of atoms, molecules, solids and surfaces; size effects in metals; and pseudopotential theory.

Important Dates

August 30, 1943Birth, Maryland.

1965Obtained AB in Physics and Mathematics, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg (Pa.).

1971Obtained PhD in Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1971 – 1974Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto.

1974 – 1977Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University.

1975 – 1976Visiting Scientist, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA).

1977 – presentAssistant Professor of Physics (1977-1979); Associate Professor of Physics (1979-1982); Professor of Physics (1982-present); Chair, Department of Physics (1991-1994); and Chair, Department of Physics (2001-2003), Tulane University, New Orleans (La.).

1991Fellow, American Physical Society.

2011Member, National Academy of Sciences.

Occupation

Condensed matter physics.

Places

Birth

Maryland

Undergraduate Education

Gettysburg (Pa.)

Graduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Employment

New Orleans (La.)

Subjects

Condensed matter.

Density functionals.

Pseudopotential method.

Theoretical physics.

Relationships

People

Colleagues

Lebowitz, Joel Louis, 1930-

Both employed at Rutgers University.

Institutions

Major Positions

Tulane University. Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

Assistant Professor of Physics; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; and Chair, Department of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Fellow.

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in Physics (1971).

Gettysburg College

Obtained AB in Physics and Mathematics (1965).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Rutgers University. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Postdoctoral Fellow.

University of Toronto. Department of Physics

Postdoctoral Fellow.

Resources

Published Resources

Subject

"Special Issue in Honor of John P. Perdew for His 65th Birthday," Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 5 (2009): 675-678.