What & Who: The Cal State L.A. Department of Physics and Astronomy presents the 17th Annual Leon Pape Memorial Lecture featuring Nobel Laureate Walter Kohn, emeritus professor of Physics and research professor, UC Santa Barbara, and founding director of the National Science Foundation's Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB. Kohn will speak on "Electronic Structure of Matter: Wave Functions and Density Functionals."
When: Friday, May 5, 2000, 2 p.m. A reception to follow in the Los Angeles Room, U-SU.
Where: Cal State L.A. Physical Sciences Building, room 158. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lot C, Lot G, or the top level of North Parking Structure II.
Speaker: Walter Kohn, a physicist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on October 13, 1998 for his development of the density-functional theory. Kohn is a condensed matter theorist who has made seminal contributions to the understanding of the electronic structure of materials. He played the leading role in the development of the density- functional theory, which has revolutionized scientists' approach to the electronic structure of atoms, molecules and solid materials in physics, chemistry and materials science. With the advent of supercomputers, density-functional theory has become an essential tool for electronic materials science. Professor Kohn has also made major contributions to the physics of semiconductors, superconductivity, surface physics and catalysis. Professor Kohn is the founding director of the National Science Foundation's Institute for Theoretical Physics www.itp.ucsb.edu at UC Santa Barbara.
Info: Free to the public. For more information on the lecture, call the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-2100.