Ernest R. Davidson


Ernest R. Davidson, born October 12, 1936 in Terre Haute, Indiana, was Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US (1961 - 1984, 2002 - 2020) and Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, US (1984 - 2002). He graduated from Wiley High School, Terre Haute and Rose Polytechnic Institute (BS Chemical Engineering), Terre Haute, and Indiana University (PhD Theoretical Chemistry), Bloomington, IN.

Ernest R. Davidson
Born (1936-10-12) October 12, 1936 (age 85)
Alma materRose Polytechnic Institute
Known forDavidson correction, Davidson diagonalization, Computational methods in quantum chemistry
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical chemistry
Quantum chemistry
Computational chemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington

His name is associated with both the Davidson correction and the "Davidson diagonalization" method which he applied to configuration interaction methods. He is the author of over 400 publications, including Reduced Density Matrices in Quantum Chemistry, Academic Press, 1976.

He has been awarded many honors, including member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (1981) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1985) and the National Academy of Sciences (1987). In 2001, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.[1]


  1. ^ National Science Foundation - The President's National Medal of Science
  • His International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science page

External linksEdit

  • His home page containing all his publications.