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Axel D. Becke

Professor Emeritus, Killam Chair in Computational Science, Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research


Department of Chemistry

Contact information

Email: axel.becke@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2986
Mailing Address:

Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2

Research Topics:  Physical chemistry, Computational chemistry, Theoretical chemistry, Quantum chemistry, Density functional theory


  • BSc:  Queen’s University
  • MSc:  McMaster University
  • PhD:  McMaster University
  • PDF:  Dalhousie University

Research interests

Development of new theoretical and computational methods for the electronic structure of atoms, molecules, and solids, with particular emphasis on the Density-Functional Theory (DFT) of electronic structure.

Selected awards and honours

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (elected 2000)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of London (elected 2006)
  • Killam Research Fellow, Canada Council for the Arts (2005-2007)
  • 1991 Medal, International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
  • 2000 Schroedinger Medal, World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists