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John A. Pople

John A. PopleAKA John Anthony Pople

Born: 31-Oct-1925
Birthplace: Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England
Died: 15-Mar-2004
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Quantum mechanics of molecules

"In late 1947, I was attempting to learn to play the piano and rented an instrument for the attic in which I lived in the most remote part of Trinity College. The neighbouring room was occupied by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who had retired to live in primitive and undisturbed conditions in the same attic area. There is some evidence that my musical efforts distracted him so much that he left Cambridge shortly thereafter." (from his Nobel autobiography)

Father: Keith Pople (clothing store proprietor)
Mother: Mary Jones
Wife: Joy Bowers (m. 1952)

    High School: Bristol Grammar School
    University: BA, Trinity College, Cambridge University (1946)
    Professor: PhD, Trinity College, Cambridge University (1951)
    Professor: Trinity College, Cambridge University (1951-58)
    Professor: Carnegie Mellon University (1964-86)
    Professor: Northwestern University (1986-93)

    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1998 (with Walter Kohn)
    Davy Medal 1988
    Wolf Prize in Chemistry 1992
    Copley Medal 2002
    Knighthood 2003
    International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
    Royal Society 1961
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1971


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