David Chandler

David Chandler

Professor of the Graduate School (1944-2017)

Professor Emeritus

In Memoriam

office: 208 Gilman
lab: Pitzer Center
phone: (510) 643-6821
fax: (510) 643-1566
lab phone: (510) 643-7128
student/post doc office: Rooms 37, 39 Gilman Hall, Pitzer Center
The Chandler Research Group
Recent Publications

Research Interests

Physical Chemistry · Theoretical · Condensed Matter · Biophysics — Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Theory.

David Chandler has made seminal contributions to the theory of the liquid state over a 40 year period. These include the highly successful WCA perturbation theory of the thermodynamics of simple liquids, the RISM theory of the structure of molecular liquids, the treatment of chemical equilibria, use of path integral formulations to understand quantum effects in molecular liquids, the treatment of rare events and the concept of importance sampling of trajectory space, and theories of the hydrophobic effect and the glass transition. He is author of the most widely used pedagogical book on statistical mechanics, Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics (Oxford U Press, 1987).


  • Born 1944
  • S.B., MIT (1966)
  • Ph.D. Harvard (1969)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, San Diego (1969-70)
  • Assistant Professor to Professor, University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana (1970-83)
  • Professor, University of Pennsylvania (1983-85)
  • Professor, University of California, Berkeley (1986-2015)
  • Miller Research Professor (1991, 1999-2000)
  • Directeur de Recherche, Laboratoire de Physique, Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon (1992)
  • Hinshelwood Lecturer, Oxford University (1993)
  • Schlumberger Visiting Professorship, Oxford University (2004)
  • Sackler Lecturer, Tel Aviv University (2009)
  • Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley (2015-)
  • Sloan Fellow (1972-74)
  • Guggenheim Fellow (1981- 82)
  • Bourke Medal and Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry (1985)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Hildebrand Award in Chemistry of Liquids (1989)
  • ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry (1996)
  • Hirschfelder Theoretical Chemistry Prize, University of Wisconsin (1998)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (1999)
  • Mulliken Medal, University of Chicago (2000)
  • Lennard-Jones Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry (2001)
  • American Physical Society Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics (2005)
  • European Physical Society Liquid Matter Prize (2011)
  • ACS Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry (2012)
  • Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences (1995)
  • Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1995)
  • Elected Foreign Member, The Royal Society, London (2011)