Walter Kohn Biography

Chemist, Physicist, Scientist (1923–2016)
Walter Kohn was a physicist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1998 for his work in quantum chemistry.


Walter Kohn's work centered on the use of quantum mechanics to understand electron bonding between atoms to form molecules. He found that the total energy of an atomic or molecular system could be calculated if the spatial distribution of all electrons within that system were known, which simplified the computations needed to understand the electron bonding between atoms within molecules. He died of cancer at his home in Santa Barbara, California, on April 19, 2016. 

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