Werner Kutzelnigg
Born September 10, 1933 in Wien, Vienna.
Professor emeritus, Fakultät für Chemie, RuhrUniversität Bochum, Germany.
Email:werner.kutzelnigg@rub.de
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CarlDuisbergGedächtnispreis der GDCh (German Chemical Society) 1971;
Schrödinger Medal of WATOC 1995;
Justus v. Liebig Denkmünze (GDCh) 1996;
DyonysIlkovichMedal (Slovak Chemical Society) 1998.
Author of:
Einführung in die Theoretische Chemie (WileyVCh, Weinheim)
Bd. 1. Quantenmechanische Grundlagen 1975/1992
Bd. 2. Die Chemische Bindung 1978/1994
Important Contributions:

Theory and implementation of new methods for the treatment of electron correlation,
(a) invention of the IEPAPNOmethod (with R. Ahlrichs, V. Staemmler, M. Jungen), that has later (by W. Meyer)
been extended to the CEPAmethod, a precursor of the abinitio implementation of coupledcluster (CC) theory.
(b) Use of explicitly correlated (r12dependent) wave functions (with W. Klopper), without the need to
evaluate complicated integrals (keyword R12method). The R12ansatz has been combined with Møller–Plesset
perturbation theory (MP) and CC methods up to CCSDT1a (with J. Noga). (c) Formulation of the quantum mechanical
manybody problem in terms of cumulants of the density matrices and their direct calculation (with D. Mukherjee).

Magnetic properties of molecules, mainly NMR chemical shifts.
The IGLO method (together with M. Schindler) was presented applied to various problems of organic
and inorganic chemistry, e.g. structure elucidations (e.g. for carbonium ions) and assignment of tensor
axes in solidstate NMR. Further development includes 'direct' IGLO (DIGLO, with U. Meyer)
and multiconfiguration IGLO (MCIGLO, with Ch. van Wüllen).

Relativistic Quantum Chemistry. In this field fundamental problems were treated,
like how to avoid the 'variational collapse', or the formulation of a 'direct perturbation theory' (DPT)
of relativistic effects, which is not plagued by the spurious singularities of approaches based
on the Foldy–Wouthuysen transformation.

Contributions to a better understanding of the chemical bond, e.g. on the role of kinetic and potential energy,
on the justification of simplified models, on the difference between first and higher row main group elements,
on pelectron theory, on stereochemically active lone pairs etc.

Mathematical studies of the rate of convergence of current expansion methods such as the 'partial wave expansion'
(with J.D. Morgan) and the expansion in a Gaussian basis.

Theory of intermolecular forces, mainly on properties of symmetryadapted perturbation theory.
An obituary can be found
here.