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History

The International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science was created in Menton in 1967, with Professors Raymond Daudel (France), Per-Olov Löwdin (Sweden), Robert G. Parr (USA), John A. Pople (USA) and Bernard Pullman (France) as its founding members, under the inspiration and with the support of Professor Louis de Broglie, Nobel Laureate and Perpetual Secretary of the French Academy of Sciences, Paris. The Academy was planned to have 25 (later 35) regular members under 65 years of age and could have an unlimited number of senior members. This restriction in the number of members (and the distinction between regular and senior members) was deleted from the Academy's Statutes in 2007. The members are chosen among the scientists of all countries who have distinguished themselves by the value of their scientific work, their role of pioneer or leader of a school in the broad field of the application of quantum mechanics to the study of molecules and macromolecules. The Academy has as its main goal to provide a forum for international contact and collaboration and a periodical evaluation of the main developments, advances and promising directions of research in the broad field of its interest.

One of the main initiatives of the Academy is the organization of a triennial series of International Congresses in Quantum Chemistry. The first was arranged in Menton (1973), the second in New Orleans (1976), the third in Kyoto (1979), the fourth in Uppsala (1982), the fifth in Montreal (1985), the sixth in Jerusalem (1988), the seventh in Menton (1991), the eighth in Prague (1994), the ninth in Atlanta (1997), the tenth in Menton (2000), the eleventh in Bonn (2003), the twelveth in Kyoto (2006), the thirteenth in Helsinki (2009), the fourteenth in Boulder (2012), the fifteenth in Beijing (2015), and the sixteenth in Menton (2018). Due to the corona virus pandemic, the seventeenth Congress to be held in Bratislava, has now been re-scheduled for 2023. The eighteenth ICQC congress will be held in New Zeeland.

Another initiative of the academy consists of an annual attribution of a medal to a young member of the scientific community who has distinguished himself by a pioneering and important contribution, and more than 50 laureates have recived their medal.

The Academy is governed by an elected board (three year period). The list of past and present officers are as follows:

2018–2021 President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
O. Eisenstein
Z. Shuai
H.-J. Werner
T. Saue
T. Helgaker
2015–2018 President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
J. Michl
G. Scuseria
H. Nakatsuji
M. Dupuis
O. Eisenstein
2012–2015 President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
J. Michl
G. Scuseria
H. Nakatsuji
M. Dupuis
O. Eisenstein
2009–2012 President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
P. Pyykkö
J. Michl
K. Hirao
M. S. Gordon
J. M. André
2006–2009 President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
S. Peyerimhoff
P. Pyykkö
K. Hirao
M. S. Gordon
R. J. Bartlett
2003–2006 President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
K. Morokuma
P. Pyykkö
W. H. Miller
B. O. Roos
A. Pullman
2000–2003 President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
K. Morokuma
S. Peyerimhoff
W. H. Miller
B. O. Roos
A. Pullman
1997–2000 President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
J. A. Pople
S. Peyerimhoff
N. C. Handy
B. O. Roos
A. Pullman
1991–1994
1994–1997
President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
R. G. Parr
K. Morokuma
N. C. Handy
E. R. Davidson
B. Pullman
1985–1988
1988–1991
President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
A. Pullman
J. A. Pople
J. Linderberg
E. R. Davidson
R. Hoffmann
1979–1982
1982–1985
President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
P. O. Löwdin
A. Pullman
M. Simonetta
J. Koutecky
R. G. Parr
1973–1976
1976–1979
President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
B. Pullman
R. G. Parr
J. A. Pople
R. Pauncz
R. Daudel
1967–1970
1970–1973
President:
Vice President:
General Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member at Large:
R. Daudel
P. O. Löwdin
J. A. Pople
B. Pullman
R. G. Parr
Election to the Academy is for life, and here you can see a list of our distinguished former members.

IAQMS 50 Years 1967-2017

This booklet, "IAQMS 50 Years 1967-2017" is edited by Sigrid Peyerimhoff as an extension of the booklet, "40 Years 1967-2007" written by Sigrid Peyerimhoff and Nicolas Handy. The contribution of Jean-Marie André and Kimihiko Hirao is gratefully acknowledged; Jens Mekelburger was essential for the technical support.

Quantum Molecular Science in the world

In 2009 Sigrid Peyerimhoff, together with Enrico Clementi, Mark Gordon, Kimihiko Hirao and Björn Roos, conducted a survey on the status of Quantum Molecular Science in the world and also provided an appendix.