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Join us in congratulating John C. Tully!

John C. Tully, Yale University, will receive the 2020 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences.

One of his generation’s top theoretical chemists, Tully developed pioneering theories of the dynamics of molecules which have inspired scientists around the world.

Over his more than 50-year career, Tully’s work has aimed to improve our understanding of dynamical processes at the molecular level. These include energy transfer and chemical reaction in the gas phase, at surfaces, in condensed-phases, and in biological environments. To accomplish this Tully and his research group have developed novel theoretical and computational tools and methods for their application to solve challenging chemical problems.

Tully is best known for his work on “surface hopping,” a technique used to model the mechanisms by which electrons “relax” or transition from one state to another. His Fewest Switches Surface Hopping algorithm has become the standard method used worldwide to model energy transfer. 

Tully’s research, through his own contributions and those of his students and collaborators, has had an enormous influence not just in chemistry but also in fields such as biology. 

The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences is presented annually to honor innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity. The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences was established in 1978 and supported by Occidental Petroleum Corporation from 1978 to 1996. The Merck Company Foundation assumed sponsorship in 1999. The award is presented with a medal and a $15,000 prize.

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Congratulations NAS member John C. Tully of Yale University, winner of the 2020 National Academy of Sciences’ Award in Chemical Sciences for developing pioneering theories of the dynamics of molecules!  You can watch him receive the award live online at the 157th NAS Annual Meeting on April 26! http://bit.ly/JohnTully

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Congratulations #NASmember John C. Tully of @Yale, recipient of the 2020 @theNASciences Award in Chemical Sciences for developing pioneering theories of the dynamics of molecules! #NASaward #ChemicalSciences http://bit.ly/JohnTully

 Watch #NASmember John C. Tully of @Yale receive the 2020 @theNASciences Award in Chemical Sciences #NAS157 on April 26! #NASaward #ChemicalSciences http://bit.ly/JohnTully

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