David J. Wales
David Wales at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2016
David John Wales|
21 September 1963
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge (BA, PhD, ScD)|
|Known for||Stone–Wales defect|
|Thesis||Some theoretical aspects of cluster chemistry (1988)|
|Doctoral advisor||Anthony J. Stone|
|Other academic advisors||R. Stephen Berry|
Wales was educated at Newport Free Grammar School followed by the University of Cambridge where he was awarded an open scholarship to study at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge receiving his BA degree in 1985. He went on to complete a PhD on cluster chemistry, awarded in 1988 for research supervised by Anthony J. Stone. In 2004 he was awarded a ScD degree from Cambridge.
Career and research
During 1989, Wales as an English-Speaking Union Lindemann Trust Fellow at the University of Chicago, doing postdoctoral research supervised by R. Stephen Berry. He returned to a research fellowship at Downing College, Cambridge in 1990, was a Lloyd's of London Tercentenary Fellow in 1991, and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) from 1991 to 1998. He was appointed a Lecturer in Cambridge in 1998.
Wales research investigates energy landscapes, with applications to chemical biology, spectroscopy, clusters, solids and surfaces. Wales is the author of the textbook Energy Landscapes: Applications to Clusters, Biomolecules and Glasses and a co-author of Introduction to Cluster Chemistry with Michael Mingos.
His research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Awards and honours
Wales was awarded the Meldola Medal and Prize in 1992 and the Tilden Prize in 2015, both by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was a Baker Lecturer at Cornell University in 2005, and the Inaugural Henry Frank Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Wales was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016 and is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.[when?]
- WALES, Prof. David John. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2017 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription required)
- Stone, A. J.; Wales, D. J. (1986). "Theoretical studies of icosahedral C60 and some related structures". Chemical Physics Letters. 128 (5–6): 501–503. Bibcode:1986CPL...128..501S. doi:10.1016/0009-2614(86)80661-3.
- Anon (2016). "Tilden Prize 2015 Winner: Professor David Wales". London: Royal Society of Chemistry. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10.
- Anon (2016). "Professor David Wales FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. 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 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
- Anon (2016). "David J. Wales group homepage". Cambridge: University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2016-04-22.
- Wales, David John (1988). Some theoretical aspects of cluster chemistry. ethos.bl.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 556426622.
- Wales, David J.; Doye, Jonathan P. K. (1997). "Global Optimization by Basin-Hopping and the Lowest Energy Structures of Lennard-Jones Clusters Containing up to 110 Atoms". Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 101 (28): 5111–5116. arXiv:cond-mat/9803344. Bibcode:1997JPCA..101.5111W. doi:10.1021/jp970984n.
- Wales, D. J.; Scheraga, Harold A. (1999). "Global Optimization of Clusters, Crystals, and Biomolecules". Science. 285 (5432): 1368–1372. doi:10.1126/science.285.5432.1368.
- 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.
- Wales, David J. (2004). Energy Landscapes: Applications to Clusters, Biomolecules and Glasses. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511721724. ISBN 9780511721724. Archived from the original on 2016-06-25.
- Heuer, Andreas (2005). "Energy Landscapes. Applications to Clusters, Biomolecules and Glasses. By David J. Wales". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 44 (12): 1756–1757. doi:10.1002/anie.200485197.
- Mingos, D. M. P.; Wales, D. J. (1990). Introduction to cluster chemistry. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice Hall. ISBN 0134743059.
- Anon (2016). "UK government grants awarded to David John Wales". gtr.rcuk.ac.uk. Swindon: Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 2016-05-09.
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