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Öhrn’s work in physics and quantum chemistry has earned worldwide recognition and the ’03-’04 UF Teacher/Scholar Award.

Published: June 24th, 2008

Category: Spotlights

Yngve Öhrn

Yngve Öhrn

Professor of Chemistry and Physics
Liberal Arts and Sciences

Breakthroughs and accomplishments in scientific research are universal. They are respected across the world and transcend many different language and cultural barriers.

Professor of chemistry and physics N. Yngve Ohrn is one researcher whose work in physics and quantum chemistry has done just that by crossing U.S. boundaries and earning the recognition of the world. For this, Ohrn received the 2003-04 University of Florida Teacher/Scholar Award, the university’s highest honor for faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarly activity and exhibit visibility within and beyond the university.

Ohrn’s research interests include the application of quantum mechanics and statistical physics to atomic and molecular processes, in particular the electronic structure and dynamics of molecular systems.

For his work with quantum chemistry, Ohrn was awarded a gold medal by the King of Sweden in 1980, the Florida Academy of Sciences Medal in 1984 and the American Chemical Society Florida Award in 1997. He also is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and the Swedish Royal Sciences Society.

From 1983 to 1998, he was the director of UF’s Quantum Theory Project, the world’s largest academic group in computational and theoretical chemical physics and quantum chemistry.

Ohrn, who was also the chairman of UF’s Chemistry Department from 1977 to 1983, has lectured at many universities in the United States, Europe and Asia and has published more than 150 articles in research journals and edited over 30 other books and proceedings. He also has served as the editor in chief of the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry since 1979.

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