McMicken Professor Named Cincinnati Chemist of the Year

Tom Beck has been named "Cincinnati Chemist of the Year" for 2004 by the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society. Tom is the twenty-fourth UC professor to receive this award since 1950. He will receive the award for this distinct honor at the American Chemical Society meeting on February 25.


Tom Beck is a physical chemist with research interests in theoretical and computational chemistry. After receiving his undergraduate degree in 1982 from the University of Minnesota, he studied at the University of Chicago, receiving his Ph.D. in 1987. His thesis concerned molecular dynamics simulations of phase transitions in atomic clusters. He then worked for two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where he helped to develop new Monte Carlo methods in quantum dynamics. In 1989, he joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati. His research in Cincinnati has included further work on atomic clusters and quantum dynamics, computer simulations of liquid chromatographic interfaces, simulations of phase equiliabria in liquids, development of new numerical methods for quantum chemistry, and recently modeling studies of biological ion channels.

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