A Virginia Tech chemist has been awarded the 2010 Dirac Medal for the world's outstanding computational chemist under the age of 40.

T. Daniel Crawford, professor theoretical chemistry in the College of Science, received the honor, which is given annually by the world Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists. In the award citation, Crawford was recognized “for a range of outstanding advances in theoretical chemistry, including reduced-scaling coupled-cluster methods for computing optical rotation and CD spectra of large chiral molecules.”

Much of Crawford’s ongoing research is focused on developing ways to enhance the effectiveness of drug development.

Crawford earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2000. Among his numerous awards are the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award in 2000, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2002, the E. Gary Cook Faculty Teaching Award in 2005, and the Virginia Tech Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2007.

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