For release: Oct. 22, 2008
AMES LABORATORY'S GORDON RECEIVES
ACS COMPUTING AWARD
AMES, Iowa—Mark S. Gordon, a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the 2009 American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research. The international award recognizes outstanding achievement in the use of computers in research, development or education in the chemical and biological sciences.
Gordon's research centers on using computing to understand how molecules and atoms act, interact and react. He has devoted much of his career to developing the General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System, or GAMESS, a software suite designed to run on parallel, high-performance supercomputing systems that are capable of doing trillions of calculations per second. On such computing systems, GAMESS, which has an estimated 100,000 users, can perform high-level modeling of complex physical, chemical and biological systems.
Gordon, the director of the Ames Laboratory Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences program and an Iowa State University distinguished professor of chemistry, earned a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. He started his career at Ames Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher from 1967-1970, and worked at North Dakota State University from 1973-1992 before returning to Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. Gordon is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar. In addition, he has received the American Chemical Society Midwest Award and was elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.
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