Weitao Yang was born in Chaozhou, China. He obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry at Peking University and his Ph.D. degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1988, Yang coauthored the second most cited paper in chemistry since CAS stated publishing citation data online: “The Lee-Yang-Parr correlation energy functional, known as the LYP functional, provides a well-balanced, accurate description for electron correlation and makes density functional theory applicable to small molecules and large nanosystems.” In 1989, Yang coauthored “Density-functional theory of atoms and molecules” with Robert G. Parr. He began teaching at Duke University in 1989, became a Full Professor in 1999, and was named the Philip Handler Professor of Chemistry in 2003. He has published more than 150 papers focusing on the development of methods for quantum mechanical calculations of large systems and quantum mechanical simulations of biological systems and nanostructures. Yang has been awarded the 1993 Sloan Research Fellowship, the 1997 Annual Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (IAQMS), the 2000 Invitation Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the 2006 Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists. In 2007, Yang was elected a member of the IAQMS. He held visiting professorships at many universities. He has been recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information. Yang is frequently invited to speak at conferences and workshops, serves on many editorial boards and review panels, and reviews for granting agencies and professional journals.
Biography Updated on 4 October 2007