Martin Head-Gordon

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Martin Head-Gordon
Born (1962-03-17) 17 March 1962 (age 55)
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Monash University
Carnegie Mellon University
Known for Computational methods in quantum chemistry
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical chemistry
Quantum chemistry
Computational chemistry
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor John Pople

Martin Philip Head-Gordon ( Martin Philip Head) is a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working in the area of computational quantum chemistry. He is a member of The International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.[1]

A native of Australia, Head-Gordon received his B. Sc. and M. Sc. from Monash University, followed by a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon[1] working under the supervision of John Pople developing a number of useful techniques including the Head-Gordon-Pople scheme for the evaluation of integrals,[2] and the orbital rotation picture of orbital optimization.

Today at Berkeley,[3] Martin supervises a group interested in pairing methods, local correlation methods, dual-basis methods, scaled MP2 methods, new efficient algorithms, and very recently corrections to the Kohn-Sham density functional framework. Broadly speaking, wavefunction based methods are the focus of his research.

Head-Gordon is also one of the founders of Q-Chem Inc.

In 2015, Head-Gordon was elected to The National Academy of Sciences.[4]


  1. ^ a b Head-Gordon IAQMS page
  2. ^ M. Head-Gordon and J. A. Pople, “A Method for Two-Electron Gaussian Integral and Integral Derivative Evaluation Using Recurrence Relations,” J. Chem. Phys. 89 (1988) 5777.
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