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Mark Gordon, Frqances M. Craig Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University and Director of the Ames Laboratory Applied Mathematical Sciences program, was born and raised in New York City. After completing his B.S. in Chemistry in 1963, Professor Gordon entered the graduate program at Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he received his PhD in 1967 under the guidance of Professor John Pople, 1998 Chemistry Nobel Laureate. Following a postdoctoral research appointment with Professor Klaus Ruedenberg at Iowa State University, Professor Gordon accepted a faculty appointment at North Dakota State University in 1970, where he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming distinguished professor and department chair. He moved to Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory in 1992. He is the Frances M. Craig Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at ISU. Professor Gordon's research interests are very broadly based in electronic structure theory and related fields, including solvent effects, the theory of liquids, surface science, the design of new materials, and chemical reaction mechanisms. He has authored more than 480 research papers and is a member (and Treasurer) of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. He received the 2009 American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2009 he was elected to the inaugural class of American Chemical Society Fellows.
For more information on Mark’s research: www.msg.chem.iastate.edu