Person: Pople, John Anthony
John Pople was an English theoretical chemist who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998 for his development of computational methods in quantum chemistry.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 Therefore, in the spring of 1936, when he was ten years old, John was sent to Bristol Grammar School.
 The first arrangement was for John to be a boarder at Bristol Grammar School during the week but return home by train each weekend.
 From about the age of twelve, Pople became fascinated by mathematics.
 When a new mathematics teacher came to Bristol Grammar School and started to stretch the pupils, Pople gave up his habit of making deliberate errors and showed his exceptional abilities.
 As a consequence Pople had to leave Cambridge in 1945 and take up employment.
 During 194748 Pople took courses on quantum mechanics, taught by Paul Dirac, fluid dynamics, cosmology and statistical mechanics, taught by Fred Hoyle.
 This did not work out so he next asked John LennardJones who was giving a course on molecular orbital theory.
 In late 1947, Pople began to learn to play the piano.
 By the time of his marriage, Pople had won a Smith Prize, completed his doctoral thesis Lone Pair Electrons (1951) and become a fellow of Trinity (1951).
 Pople was appointed as a Lecturer in Mathematics at Cambridge in 1954, a position he held until 1958.
 During the years 1954 to 1958, Pople was teaching mathematics at Cambridge but undertaking research in mathematical applications to chemistry.
 Pople made his computational technics easily accessible to researchers by designing the GAUSSIAN computer program.
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 At Carnegie Mellon University he was named John Christian Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences and continued to hold this chair 1993.
 Pople received many honours for his remarkable achievements in addition to the Nobel Prize mentioned above.
Born 31 October 1925, BurnhamonSea, Somerset, England. Died 15 March 2004, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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