Kieron Burke, UCI Chancellor’s Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy, was named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Fellows are recognized for their work advancing science and a total of 10 UCI faculty members were elected this year.
Burke was honored “for fundamental development of density functional theory and approximations, and for outstanding efforts in explaining the theory to a broad scientific audience.”
“It is a great honor for me to be elected a fellow of this prestigious society,” said Burke. “Almost all of my most recent research has been with excellent graduate students here at UCI, from both chemistry and physics, so this recognizes their work too.”
Among his many accolades, Professor Burke was named the 2017 Bourke Lecturer by the British Royal Society of Chemistry and was elected fellow of the American Physical Society and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Scientists. His research papers are cited more than 12,000 times each year and he is well known for his many educational and outreach activities.
New fellows will be inducted on February 17, 2018 at the organization’s annual meeting.