Awards & Winners

Walter Kohn

Date of Birth 09-March-1923
Place of Birth Vienna
Nationality United States of America, Austria, Canada
Also know as Walter Samuel Gerst Kohn
Profession Physicist, Scientist, Educator, Chemist
Walter Kohn is an Austrian-born American theoretical physicist. He was awarded, with John Pople, the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1998. The award recognized their contributions to the understandings of the electronic properties of materials. In particular, Kohn played the leading role in the development of density functional theory, which made it possible to incorporate quantum mechanical effects in the electronic density. This computational simplification led to many insights and became an essential tool for electronic materials, atomic and molecular structure.

Awards by Walter Kohn

Check all the awards nominated and won by Walter Kohn.


Nobel Prize in Chemistry
(for his development of the density-functional theory)


National Medal of Science for Physical Science
(For his pioneering fundamental contributions to the theory of the electronic structure of solids, including the effective mass approach to defects in semiconductors, the so-called KKR method of band structure, and, most importantly, the density functional approach to the many-electron problem which has led to great advances in the understanding of bulk solids and solid surfaces.)