Daan Frenkel

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Daan Frenkel
Frenkel (2000)
Born 1948 (age 69–70)[citation needed]
Amsterdam[citation needed]
Alma mater University of Amsterdam (PhD)
Awards ForMemRS (2006)[1]
Scientific career
Institutions University of Cambridge, Shell and at the University of Utrecht
Thesis Rotational relaxation of linear molecules in dense noble gases (1977)
Website www.ch.cam.ac.uk/staff/df.html

Daan Frenkel (born 1948, Amsterdam) is a Dutch computational physicist in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge.[2][3]


Frenkel completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (1977) in experimental physical chemistry.[4][5]

Career and research[edit]

Frenkel worked as postdoctoral research fellow in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCLA, subsequently at Shell and at the University of Utrecht.

Between 1987 and 2007, Frenkel carried out his research at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics AMOLF in Amsterdam where he has been employed since 1987. In the same period, he was appointed (part-time) professor at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam. From 2011 to 2015 he was Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Since 2007 he is 1968 Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.[citation needed]

Frenkel has co-authored together with Berend Smit ´Understanding Molecular Simulation´, which has grown into a handbook used worldwide by aspiring computational physicists.[citation needed]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2000 he was one of three winners of the Dutch Spinoza Prize.[6]

In 2008 he was made a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998),[7] the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008), and TWAS (2012). He was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2006. In 2016 he was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.[8] He received the Aneesur Rahman Prize from the American Physical Society and the Berni J Alder CECAM prize.

He received the 2016 Boltzmann Medal.[citation needed] Asteroid 12651 Frenkel, discovered by astronomers during the third Palomar–Leiden trojan survey in 1977, was named in his honor in 2018.


  1. ^ "Professor Daan Frenkel ForMemRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-09.

  2. ^ http://www-frenkel.ch.cam.ac.uk Daan Frenkel's research group's homepage
  3. ^ Martiniani, Stefano; Schrenk, K. Julian; Stevenson, Jacob D.; Wales, David J.; Frenkel, Daan (2016). "Turning intractable counting into sampling: Computing the configurational entropy of three-dimensional jammed packings". Physical Review E. 93 (1). arXiv:1509.03964. Bibcode:2016PhRvE..93a2906M. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.93.012906.
  4. ^ Kaiser Dana (19 October 2013). "Daniel Frenkel - Biography". Archived from the original on 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Professor Daan Frenkel ForMemRS". Archived from the original on 20 November 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ "NWO Spinoza Prize 2000". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Daan Frenkel" (in Dutch). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  8. ^ National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected, News from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, May 3, 2016, retrieved 2016-05-14.