Angela K. Wilson

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Angela K. Wilson is an American physical, theoretical, and computational chemist. She is currently the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the department of chemistry of Michigan State University.[1] At Michigan State University, she also serves as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the College of Natural Sciences,[2] and as Director of the MSU Center for Quantum Computing, Science, and Engineering (MSU-Q),[3] a newly formed center at MSU, stemming from MSU's long history in quantum computing research.

She is 2021 President-Elect of the American Chemical Society,[4] the world's largest scientific society.


Wilson received her bachelor of science from Eastern Washington University and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She later moved to the University of North Texas, where she became a Regents Professor, and director of the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM) at the University of North Texas.[5] She also served as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and led the Office of Faculty Success at the University of North Texas, working with ~2,400 faculty and ~58 department chairs, after two years as a faculty fellow in the UNT Office of the Provost. She then moved to Michigan State University.[6] to become a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor. Concurrently, she served a rotation as Division Director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation, heading the division from 2016 to 2018.[7]

Wilson is a member of the editorial board for Scientific Reports and the editorial advisory board for Cell Reports Physical Science, and has served as an editor of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry and as a member of the editorial advisory boards for the Journal of Physical Chemistry and International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.

She has edited four books, including Pioneers of Quantum Chemistry.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Some of her recognitions include:

She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2010), American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012), and the American Physical Society (2013).


  • Wilson, Angela K.; Tanja van Mourik; Thom H. Dunning, Jr (29 April 1996). "Gaussian basis sets for use in correlated molecular calculations part VI: Sextuple zeta correlation consistent basis sets for boron through neon". Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM. 388: 339–349. doi:10.1016/S0166-1280(96)80048-0.
  • Wilson, Angela K.; David E. Woon; Kirk A. Peterson; Thom H. Dunning (22 January 1999). "Gaussian basis sets for use in correlated molecular calculations. IX. The atoms gallium through krypton". Journal of Chemical Physics. 110 (16): 7667. Bibcode:1999JChPh.110.7667W. doi:10.1063/1.478678. S2CID 28775404.
  • Wilson, Angela K.; Thom H. Dunning; Kirk A. Peterson (2 March 2001). "Gaussian basis sets for use in correlated molecular calculations. X. The atoms aluminum through argon revisited". Journal of Chemical Physics. 114 (21): 9244. Bibcode:2001JChPh.114.9244D. doi:10.1063/1.1367373. S2CID 33488776.


  1. ^ "The Wilson Research Group: People". Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  2. ^ "College of Natural Sciences". Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  3. ^ "Center for Quantum Computing, Science and Engineering". Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  4. ^ Wang, Linda. "Angela K. Wilson is 2021 ACS president-elect| Chemical & Engineering News". Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  5. ^ "Thinking outside the beaker: research model saves time, money". Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Angela K. Wilson - Department of Chemistry". Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  7. ^ Widener, Andrea. "NSF Names New Chemistry Chief | Chemical & Engineering News". Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  8. ^ Thomas Strom, E.; Wilson, Angela K. (2013). Pioneers of Quantum Chemistry. ACS Symposium Series eBooks. ACS Symposium Series. Vol. 1122. doi:10.1021/bk-2013-1122. ISBN 978-0-8412-2716-3.
  9. ^ "ACS Award #0239555". Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  10. ^ "University of North Texas Faculty Profiles". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  11. ^ "IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry: Awardees of the IUPAC 2013 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering". Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  12. ^ "2015 National Award Recipients". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2016-03-20.