Kenneth Ruud was born in Fredrikstad (Norway) in 1969. He received the degree of Cand.Scient. in 1993 from the University of Oslo (Norway), and his Ph.D. degree from the same university in 1998 with a thesis entitled “Magnetic properties of closed-shell molecules.” Both degrees were obtained under the supervision of Professor Trygve Helgaker. Dr. Ruud spent two years as a Postdoc with Professor Peter R. Taylor at the University of California/San Diego (USA), before joining the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tromsø (Norway) in 2001. He became Full Professor in theoretical chemistry at the University Tromsø. Dr. Ruud has published about 175 papers in international journals with a referee system. He has received several recognitions for his scientific work, including the Dirac medal of the World Association for Theoretically Oriented Chemists (WATOC) in 2008. In 2007, he became the Director of the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence awarded by the Research Council of Norway. Dr. Ruud's research interests focus on the development of computational methodology for the calculation of molecular properties as well as the understanding of molecular properties through theoretical calculations. Of particular interest is the study of molecular magnetic properties, chiroptical properties, and nonlinear optical processes in the visible and infrared energy spectrum. Included in these interests are the study of medium effects using continuum or QM/MM methods as well as vibrational contributions and relativistic effects. His interests also include the use of multiwavelet methods in quantum chemical calculations.
Biography Updated on 15 September 2009