WILLIAM GODDARD Biography - Pioneers, Explorers & inventors


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Name: William A. Goddard                                                           
Born: March 29, 1937  El Centro, California, U.S.                                   
William A. Goddard, III (born March 29, 1937 in El Centro, California, U.S.) is     
the Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry and Applied Physics, and         
Director, Materials and Process Simulation Center at the California Institute of   
Technology. He obtained his B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles,   
in 1960 and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, 1965. After     
his Ph. D. he remained at the California Institute of Technology as Arthur Amos     
Noyes Research Fellow (1964-66), Professor of Theoretical Chemistry (1967-78)       
and Professor of Chemistry & Applied Physics (1978-).                               
Goddard has made many contributions to theoretical chemistry, such as the           
generalized valence bond (GVB) method for ab initio electronic structure           
calculations and the ReaxFF force field for classical molecular dynamics           
He is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and the   
US National Academy of Sciences.