Walter Kohn Centenary Celebration
One-Day Celebratory Symposium on
Life, Science and Legacy of Walter Kohn
9 March 2023, Thursday, 14:00 – 21:00 hrs
Organized by : TCG Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology (TCG CREST)
Program Schedule :
Professor Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize Winner (1981) in Chemistry and the Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus, Cornell University, USA, will deliver an evening lecture entitled “Understanding and Computation” on this occasion, on Friday, 10th March 2023 at 8pm.
The Symposium link will be sent to the registered email in due course of time.
Walter Kohn is an iconic figure in 20th Century Science. On the occasion of his birth centenary, a one-day symposium (WKCCS2023) is being organized by TCG CREST on 9th March 2023. There will be deliberations by several international stalwarts on the life and science of Walter Kohn, starting from a historical perspective, and then discuss the legacy that he left behind for generations of physicists, chemists, biologists and materials scientists. But above all, it is Walter Kohn’s deep inquisitiveness, encyclopedic memory, infectious smile and enduring humanity that have made him an icon to generations of scientists.
Apart from reminiscences, the presentations will provide a flavor of the versatility of Walter Kohn which is evident from the diverse phenomena that are named after him, viz.
- Kohn variational principle in scattering theory
- Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) Green’s function method in electronic structure
- Kohn anomaly or ‘kink’ in the phonon spectra of metals
- Kohn-Luttinger theories : Effective mass theory, Quantum transport, Field Theory
- Kohn-Majumdar theorem of continuity between bound & unbound state in a Fermi gas
- Hohenberg-Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory
Kohn was awarded 1998 Nobel Prize for the last topic, viz. development of this invaluable concept of reformulating quantum many-electron problem in a remarkably elegant fashion.
Professor Roald Hoffman, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981
Professor Hoffman, the Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus, Cornell University, USA, will deliver an evening lecture entitled “Understanding and Computation” on this occasion, on Friday, 10th March 2023 at 8pm.
Other Speakers are:
- Amitabha Bagchi
- G. Baskaran
- Manoj K. Harbola
- R. Krishnamurthy
- Subhendra K. Mahanti
- Debashis Mukherjee
- V. Ramakrishnan
- Subir Sachdev
- Sriram Shastry
- Sunil K. Sinha
Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee
- Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
- T.V. Ramakrishnan
- Debashis Mukherjee
- Gour P. Das (Convener)
- Tanusri Saha-Dasgupta
- Swapan K. Ghosh