Michael Zerner

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Michael Charles Zerner
Born (1940-01-31)January 31, 1940
Hull, Massachusetts
Died February 2, 2000(2000-02-02) (aged 60)
Gainesville, Florida
Residence Flag of the United States.svg U.S.
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg
Fields Computational Chemistry
Institutions University of Guelph, University of Florida
Alma mater Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Martin Gouterman
Doctoral students Marshall Cory
Known for ZINDO
Quantum chemistry
semiempirical theories

Michael Charles Zerner (January 1, 1940 – February 2, 2000) was an American theoretical chemist, professor at the University of Guelph from 1970 to 1981 and University of Florida from 1981 to 2000. Zerner earned his Ph.D. under Martin Gouterman at Harvard, working with the spectroscopy of porphyrins. He conceived and wrote a quantum chemistry program, known as BIGSPEC or ZINDO, for calculating electronic spectra of big molecules. In 1996 Zerner was diagnosed with liver cancer, and died on February 2, 2000, survived by his wife and two children.

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