Daan Frenkel

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Daan Frenkel
Frenkel in 2000
Born1948 (age 75–76)[2]
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam (PhD)
Known forNoro–Frenkel law of corresponding states
AwardsSpinoza Prize (2000)
ForMemRS (2006)
Aneesur Rahman Prize (2007)
Fritz London Memorial Lecture (2011)
Boltzmann Medal (2016)[1]
Lorentz Medal (2022)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Royal Dutch Shell
University of Utrecht
University of California, Los Angeles
ThesisRotational relaxation of linear molecules in dense noble gases (1977)
Doctoral studentsMarjolein Dijkstra

Daan Frenkel ForMemRS MAE[3] (born 1948, Amsterdam) is a Dutch computational physicist in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.[4][5][2][6]


Frenkel completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 1977 in experimental physical chemistry.[7][8][2]

Career and research[edit]

Frenkel worked as postdoctoral research fellow in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),[citation needed] subsequently at Shell and at the University of Utrecht.[2]

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 a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.[2][9]

Frenkel has co-authored together with Berend Smit Understanding Molecular Simulation, which has grown into a handbook used worldwide[citation needed] by aspiring computational physicists.[10]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2000 he was one of three winners of the Dutch Spinoza Prize.[11] In 2008 he was appointed a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998),[12] the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2012.[citation needed] 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.[13] In 2007 he received the Aneesur Rahman Prize from the American Physical Society (APS)[14] and the Berni J Alder CECAM prize.[15] In 2010 he received the Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK.[16]

He received the 2016 Boltzmann Medal[17] and the 2022 Lorentz Medal.[18] Asteroid 12651 Frenkel, discovered by astronomers during the third Palomar–Leiden trojan survey in 1977, was named in his honor in 2018.


  1. ^ Frenkel, Daan; Louët, Sabine (2016). "Interview with Daan Frenkel, Boltzmann Medallist 2016". The European Physical Journal E. 39 (6): 68. doi:10.1140/epje/i2016-16068-7. ISSN 1292-8941. PMID 27349557. S2CID 45142053.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Evans, Robert; Galindo, Amparo; Jackson, George; Lynden-Bell, Ruth; Rotenberg, Benjamin (2018). "Daan Frenkel — An entropic career" (PDF). Molecular Physics. 116 (21–22): 2737–2741. Bibcode:2018MolPh.116.2737E. doi:10.1080/00268976.2018.1514685. hdl:10044/1/67645. ISSN 0026-8976. S2CID 105741733.
  3. ^ Anon (2006). "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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

  4. ^ http://www-frenkel.ch.cam.ac.uk Daan Frenkel's research group's homepage
  5. ^ 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): 012906. arXiv:1509.03964. Bibcode:2016PhRvE..93a2906M. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.93.012906. PMID 26871142. S2CID 19878643.
  6. ^ Samoray, Chris (2017). "QnAs with Daan Frenkel". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114 (33): 8667–8668. Bibcode:2017PNAS..114.8667S. doi:10.1073/pnas.1712622114. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 5565480. PMID 28760950.
  7. ^ Kaiser Dana (19 October 2013). "Daniel Frenkel - Biography". Archived from the original on 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Professor Daan Frenkel ForMemRS". Archived from the original on 20 November 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  9. ^ Allen, Rosalind J.; Frenkel, Daan; ten Wolde, Pieter Rein (2006). "Simulating rare events in equilibrium or nonequilibrium stochastic systems". The Journal of Chemical Physics. 124 (2): 024102. arXiv:cond-mat/0509499. Bibcode:2006JChPh.124b4102A. doi:10.1063/1.2140273. ISSN 0021-9606. PMID 16422566. S2CID 9409013. Closed access icon
  10. ^ Elsevier (7 November 2001). Understanding Molecular Simulation - 2nd Edition. Elsevier Science. ISBN 978-0-12-267351-1. Retrieved 2018-10-31. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  11. ^ "NWO Spinoza Prize 2000". nwo.nl. Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 11 September 2014. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Daan Frenkel" (in Dutch). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  13. ^ National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected, News from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, May 3, 2016, archived from the original on May 6, 2016, retrieved 2016-05-14.
  14. ^ "2007 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  15. ^ "Berni J. Alder CECAM Prize". cecam.org. Archived from the original on 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  16. ^ "2010 Winner Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award- Daan Frenkel". rsc.org. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  17. ^ "The Boltzmann Medal for 2016 has been awarded during the Boltzmann Ceremony to Daan Frenkel and Yves Pomeau". Statphys26. Archived from the original on 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  18. ^ "Lorentz medal for physicist Daan Frenkel".