Martin Head-Gordon completed his BSc and MSc degrees at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, before coming to America to obtain his PhD in theoretical chemistry at Carnegie-Mellon University, working with the late John Pople on molecular orbital theory and algorithms. From 1989 to 1992, he was a postdoctoral fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories, working with John Tully. In 1992, Martin joined the chemistry faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Kenneth S. Pitzer Distinguished Professorship. He also holds an additional appointment as a Senior Faculty Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Martin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, an American Chemical Society Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences. He is an associate editor of Molecular Physics and serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Chemical Physics, and the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.
His research centers on the development and application of electronic structure theories, to permit the treatment of problems that are currently beyond the reach of standard methods. Within electronic structure theory, Martin is known for the development of linear scaling methods for performing density functional theory calculations, for new methods for calculating electronic excited states, and for advances in electron correlation methods, including widely used density functionals.
- The Quantum Wave in Computing, Spring 2020. Visiting Scientist.