Prof. Alexander Dalgarno

Last updated May 30, 2017 by Andrew Brown

It is with great sadness that CTAMOP reports the death of Prof. Alexander Dalgarno, FRS, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Prof. Dalgarno, who passed away on the night of 9th April 2015, started his academic career in 1951 at Queen’s University Belfast, working with Prof. Sir David Bates, FRS, until 1967 when he moved to Harvard as a Professor.

During his career that spanned over 60 years, Prof. Dalgarno made fundamental contributions to theoretical atomic and molecular physics, theoretical chemistry, scattering theory, and atmospheric physics. He pioneered the field of molecular astrophysics. For his work, he was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Science and awarded numerous prizes, including the Royal Society Hughes Medal, the Royal Astronomical Society’s Gold Medal, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics.

CTAMOP joins the numerous colleagues and friends of Prof. Dalgarno to express the most sincere condolences to his family.


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