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Ernest R. Davidson

Born: Oct 12, 1936

Birthplace: Terre Haute

Nationality: United States

Ernest R. Davidson

Date of Birth : Oct 12, 1936
Birth Place : Terre Haute

Ernest R. Davidson, born October 12, 1936 in Terre Haute, Indiana, is Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US. He graduated from Wiley High School, Terre Haute and Rose Polytechnic Institute. His name is associated with both the Davidson correction and the "Davidson diagonalization" method which he applied to configuration interaction methods. He is the author of over 400 publications, including Reduced Density Matrices in Quantum Chemistry, Academic Press, 1976. He has been awarded many honors, including member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Science. In 2001, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.

Also known as


  • Ernest Davidson

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
  • National Medal of Science for Chemistry
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