David Chandler 

October 15, 1944 - April 18, 2017

Professor David Chandler, pillar of the physical chemistry scientific community and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, died April 18, 2017 at the age of 72 at his home in Berkeley, CA after a valiant twenty-year battle with prostate cancer. Spanning a career that changed the course of the field of physical chemistry, not just once but several times, he is credited with crafting the modern language and concepts for describing structure and dynamics of condensed matter, especially complex systems with disorder and heterogeneity, such as liquids, glasses and biological assemblies. He also developed the methods by which rare but important events can be simulated with computers, techniques that culminated in David's development of a statistical physics of trajectory space. This work enabled his studies of systems far from equilibrium, including processes of self-assembly and the glass transition. Importantly, he founded and/or took active roles several regular scientific symposia that gave space to creative thinking in these fields and spawned a new generation of scientific discovery. 

Full obituary and memorial website is HERE.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support an annual David Chandler Memorial Lecture at UC Berkeley which will carry forward his scientific vision. Donations by check may be made out to “UC Berkeley Foundation,” including a note that the gift is for the David Chandler Lecture, and mailed to: College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, Attn. Katherine Welsh, 420 Latimer, Berkeley, CA 94720-1460. Donations can be made online at www.give.berkeley.edu: search for “Chandler” in the search bar at the top of the page; click on “The David Chandler Lecture Fund” link; and fill out the donation page.

Research Group History is here.

Publications are here.

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