About Joel Bowman



Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1974, in Chemistry

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1969


Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Spring 2011

Chair, Department of Chemistry, Emory University, 2003 – 2006 and 1990 – 1993

Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2001

Visiting Fellow, JILA, 1994

Acting Director, Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation at Emory, 1991 – 1992

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Emory University, 1990 – present

Visiting scientist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, July 1990

Professor, Emory University, 1986 – 1990

Visiting Professor, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, 1983 – 1984

Consultant, AT&T Bell Laboratories, December 1984

Faculty appointee, Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 1978 – 1991

Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 1982

Associate Professor, IIT, 1977 – 1982

Assistant Professor, IIT, 1974 – 1977

Society Membership

American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005 – present

American Chemical Society, 1980 – present

American Physical Society, 1975 – present

Phi Beta Kappa, 1968 – present


Recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, 2018

Joel M. Bowman Festschrift issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Vol. 117, No. 32, August 15, 2013

Recipient of the Herschbach Prize for Theoretical Chemistry, 2013

Election to International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences (IAQMS)

Elected Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 2010

Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005

Elected Fellow, American Physical Society, 1990

Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 1977 – 1981

Named Lectures

Robert S. Mullikan Lecture, “Expeditions on Potential Energy Surfaces,” Center for Computational Chemistry, University of Georgia, April 9, 2009

Roger E. Miller Lecture, “Ab initio Potential Energy Surfaces and (Unusual) Dynamics Using Them,” 24th Annual Symposium on Chemical Physics, University of Waterloo, November 8, 2008

Editorial Service

Member, Editorial Board, Chemical Physics, 2012 – present

Editor, Spectrochimica Acta A, 2010 – present

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 1/2009 – present

Member, Editorial Board, Advances in Physical Chemistry, 6/2008 – present

Member, Editorial Board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, 1/2006 – 1/2012

Member, Editorial Board, Spectrochimica Acta A, 2000 – 2010

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Chemical Physics, 1995 – 1998

Consulting Editor for Serials in Physical Chemistry for JAI press, 1986

Editor of Serial Advances in Molecular Vibrations and Collision Dynamics, published by JAI press, 1991 – 1998, Volumes I (parts A and B), co-edited with Mark Ratner (Northwestern), 1991, Volume II (parts A and B), 1994; Volume III, co-edited with Zlatko Bacic (NYU), 1997

Recent National/International Conference Organization

Co-organizer of a symposium at the National meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA, September 2006

Co-organizer of Telluride Research Conference workshop on Protein Dynamics, Telluride Summer Research Conferences, Telluride, CO, August 2005

Co-chair (with Hanna Reisler) of the Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Energy Transfer, Ventura, CA, January 2001

Organizer of two special symposia held at the Centennial meeting of the American Physical Society, Atlanta, GA, March 1999

Organizer of Telluride Research Conference workshop on Quantum Reactive Scattering, Telluride, CO, July 1997

National Professional Service

Program Chair, PHYS Division of the American Chemical Society, 2013

Vice Chair, PHYS Division of the American Chemical Society, 2012

Member of the Board, Telluride Summer Research Conferences, 2005 – 2008, 1995 – 2001

Chair of the Fellowship Selection Committee, American Physical Society, Division of Chemical Physics, 2002

Member of the Fellowship Selection Committee, American Physical Society, Division of Chemical Physics, 2000 – 2001

Elected Member of the Executive Committee, Division of Chemical Physics of the American Physical Society, 1994 – 1998

Member, national committee on the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Pure Chemistry, 1998 – 2000

Major Invited Talks (since 2006)

2014 Symposium on Atomic and Molecular Sciences, IAMS, Taipei, Novermber 11, 2014

National Chiao Tung University, Department Seminar,”Vibrational and Reaction Dynamics on High Dimensional Potential Energy Surfaces,” November 14 2013.

AACP (Emory/Ga Tech) Colloquium, “Expeditions on Potential Energy Surfaces”, Atlanta, GA, December 2009

ICCMSE Talks, “Computational aspects of the modeling of vibrational properties of gases, liquids and solids” and “’High precision calculations and measurements of molecular energy levels and spectra,” Rhodes, Greece, Oct 2009

ACS Meeting “Chemical Reaction Dynamics in Gaseous and Condensed Phases,” Washingon, D.C., August 2009

Free Radical Meeting, Savonlinna, Finland, July 2009

First Sym. Theor Chem., Univ. Maryland April 2009

ACS Meeting, SLC, UT, March 2009

Advances in Electronic Structure Theory and First Principles Dynamics TITAN Workshop, San Juan, P.R,. February 2009

Gordon Research Conf. on Molecular Energy Transfer, Ventura, CA, January 2009

Institute for Mathematics Plenary Talk at Workshop on Reaction Dynamics, Minneapolis, MN, January 2009

Roger E. Miller Lecture at the Chemical Physics 2008 Symposium, Waterloo, Canada, November 8, 2008

Invited speaker, Frontier Workshop on the Vinyl Radical, Fukuoka, Japan, October 2008

Invited speaker, Sterodynamics Meeting, Dalian China, October 2008

Invited speaker, Gordon Conference on “Vibrational Spectroscopy,” August 2008

Invited speaker, Gordon Conference on “Molecular Energy Transfer,” June 2008

Symposium “ Electronic Structures and Reaction Dynamics of Open-shell Species,” national meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, April 6-10, 2008

Invited lead-off speaker, “Quantum Reactive Scattering” Meeting, Cambridge, UK, July 24, 2007

Unusual dynamics on global potentials, Lester Symposium: Univ. Calif, Berkeley, March 28, 2007

Invited speaker, Stereodynamics 2006 Meeting, Arcachon, France, November 2006

Invited speaker, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics Symposium on Reaction Dynamics, Dalian, China, October 2006

Invited speaker, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 2006

Invited speaker at The Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry 2006, “Quantum Chemistry: Methods and Applications,” Berlin, Germany, September 2006

Invited speaker at “Quantitative Quantum Chemistry,” Santa Fe, NM, March 19, 2006

Invited speaker, Gordon Conference “Molecular and Ionic Clusters,” Ventura, CA, February 2006

Invited speaker at the Royal Society Discussion Meeting “Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy of H3+ ,” London, UK, January 17, 2006

Brief narrative of research accomplishments

1. Developed powerful methods to combine aspects of Transition State Theory with reduced dimensionality quantum scattering treatment of reaction dynamics. Citations of two reviews of this work total 428 to date.

2. Variational theory and software for molecular vibrations (especially vibrational self-consistent-field theory) and the “n-mode” representation of the potential, implemented in the code and the MULTIMODE. Citations of four key papers of this work total 759 to date.

3. Ab initio-based potential energy surfaces in high dimensionality using permutationally invariant fitting basis. Highlights of this work include a potential surface for CH5+, the water dimer, the protonated water dimer, etc., described in Science and Chemical and Engineering News.

4. The discovery of “roaming dynamics” in joint theoretical experimental study of photo dissociation of formaldehyde; research described in a Science article. Further study of roaming dynamics of dissociation of acetaldehyde was reported in a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008

Bowman Publications Complete List

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