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  • 1900-1976

    "John C Slater received his PhD in physics from Harvard University in 1923. He then studied at Cambridge and Copenhagen, and returned to Harvard in 1925. From 1930 to 1966, Slater was a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the war years, he was involved in radar research at MIT and Bell Telephone Laboratories. From 1966 to 1976 Slater was research professor in physics and chemistry at the University of Florida." (Source: DA McQuarrie "Quantum Chemistry", University Science Books, 1983)

    Slater is recognized for calculating algorithms which describe atomic orbitals. The algorithms became known as Slater Type Orbitals (STOs).

    Photo: DA McQuarrie "Quantum Chemistry", University Science Books 1983

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