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Walter Kohn

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Walter Kohn
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Walter Kohn

(1923-03-09)March 9, 1923
DiedApril 19, 2016(2016-04-19) (aged 93)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Toronto, Harvard
Known forDensity functional theory
Spouse(s)Lois (Adams)[1]
Mara (Vishniac) Schiff[2]
AwardsNobel Prize in Chemistry(1998), Buckley Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsUC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego
Doctoral advisorJulian Schwinger

Walter Kohn (March 9, 1923 – April 19, 2016) was an Austrian-born American theoretical physicist of Jewish descent.

He was awarded, with John Pople, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998.[4]

Kohn was one of 20 Nobel Laureates[5] who signed the "Stockholm memorandum" at the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability in Stockholm, Sweden on 18 May 2011.[6]

Kohn died on April 19, 2016 at his home in Santa Barbara, California from jaw cancer, at the age of 93.[7][8]

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  1. "Lois M. Kohn Obituary".
  2. Newhouse, Alana (1 April 2010). "A Closer Reading of Roman Vishniac" – via
  3. "Top Scientists On God: Who Believes, Who Doesn't". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 May 2013. I am very much a scientist, and so I naturally have thought about religion also through the eyes of a scientist. When I do that, I see religion not denominationally, but in a more, let us say, deistic sense. I have been influenced in my thinking by the writing of Einstein who has made remarks to the effect that when he contemplated the world he sensed an underlying Force much greater than any human force. I feel very much the same. There is a sense of awe, a sense of reverence, and a sense of great mystery.
  4. From Exile to Excellence Archived 2011-05-31 at the Wayback Machine, by Karin Hanta (Austria Culture Vol. 9 No. 1 January/February 1999)
  5. Such as Peter Agre, Nadine Gordimer, Yuan T. Lee, Elinor Ostrom, Werner Arber, David Gross, James Mirrlees, Carlo Rubbia, Paul J. Crutzen, Mario J. Molina, Amartya Sen, Peter Doherty (scientist), Douglass North, John Sulston, Murray Gell-Mann, Harold Kroto, Douglas Osheroff, Muhammad Yunus
  6. "Stockholm Memorandum," Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, 2011
  7. Pernett, Stephanie (April 22, 2016). "UCSB Professor and Nobel Laureate Walter Kohn Passes Away at 93". Daily Nexus. Santa Barbara, California. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  8. "Walter Kohn, Nobel-Winning Scientist, Dies at 93". The New York April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.

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