Nicholas C. Handy


Born June 17, 1941 in Wiltshire, UK.

Emeritus Professor of Quantum Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Fellow of the Royal Society, London (1990). Schrödinger Medal of WATOC (1997). Doctorate honoris causa, Université Marne-la-Vallée, France (2000), Leverhulme Medal of Royal Society (2002).

Author of:

375 scientific papers published in journals of physical and theoretical chemistry.

Important Contributions:

Development of methods in quantum chemistry and theoretical spectroscopy. Specific contributions to the understanding of : the Transcorrelated method, the Long Range behaviour of Hartree–Fock orbitals; Semiclassical methods for vibrational energies; the variational method for rovibrational wavefunctions (in normal and internal coordinates); Full Configuration Interaction with determinants (benchmark studies); convergence of the Møller–Plesset series; the Reaction Path Hamiltonian; Anharmonic spectroscopic and thermodynamic properties using higher derivative methods; Brueckner-doubles theory; Open shell Møller–Plesset theory; frequency-dependent properties. Density Functional Theory : quadrature, new functionals (HCTH, OPTX) and molecular properties.

An obituary can be found at
1. NicholasHandyObituary.pdf.