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The Papers of Sir John A. Pople

Identifier: 2003-008-2004-028

Scope and Contents

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The collection covers most of the highpoints of Pople's post 1964 career in the U.S. There is an almost-complete run of reprints of his published articles, computational notebooks and examples of the source codes used in the Gaussian and Q-Chem computational programs.


  • Creation: 1930-2004
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965-2000


Language of Materials

Text in english.

Restrictions on Access

Portions of this collection may be restricted due to intellecutal property issues.

Biographical sketch

Sir John A. Pople was born in Burnham-on-Sea in England on October 31, 1925. He was educated Cambridge University studying under Sir J.E. Lennard-Jones and Charles A.Coulson receiving his doctorate in 1951. At the urging of fellow quantum chemist Robert Parr he emigrated to the U.S. in 1964 taking up a teaching position at Carnegie-Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Pople excelled at mathematics and his contributions to what came to be known as the Pariser-Parr-Pople (PPP) method made him a rising star in the field of computational chemistry. His increasing interest in the use of computers to further theoretical inquiries led to his co-authoring a predictive program known as Gaussian 70. Pople's work in this and successive versions of the Gaussian program were cited upon his being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 1998 an honor he shared with Walter Kohn creator of the density functional theory (DFT). For his contributions to chemistry Pople was knighted in 2003. He died in Chicago, IL on March 15, 2004.


21 Linear Feet (49 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Pople, Sir John A.. Method of acquisition--gift;; Date of acquisition--2003-04. Accession number--2003.008, 2004.028..

Related Archival Materials

See also the Papers of Robert G. Parr and the Papers of Rudolf Pariser at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia PA.

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