Klaus Schulten was Swanlund Professor of Physics and was affiliated with the Department of Chemistry as well as with the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974. He founded and led the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group as well as the NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics, both at the Beckman Institute, for nearly 25 years. He was also co-director of an NSF-funded Physics Frontier Center, the Center for the Physics of Living Cells. He was a leader in the field of biophysics, conducting seminal work in the area of molecular dynamics simulations, illuminating biological processes and structures in ways that weren't possible before. His research focused on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, and on the development of non-equilibrium statistical mechanical descriptions and efficient computing tools for structural biology. Honors and awards received by Schulten include: Distinguished Service Award, Biophysical Society (2013); IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award (2012); Fellow of the Biophysical Society (2012); Award in Computational Biology (2008); Humboldt Award of the German Humboldt Foundation (2004); Nernst Prize of the Physical Chemistry Society of Germany (1981).
Klaus Schulten


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