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'''Berni J. Alder''' is one of, if not the, founding fathers of computer simulation.  
 
'''Berni J. Alder''' is one of, if not the, founding fathers of computer simulation.  
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Co-winner of the [[Boltzmann Award]] in 2001
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"For inventing the technique of [[molecular dynamics]] simulation and showing that with such "computer experiments" important discoveries in the field of [[statistical mechanics]] can be made, in particular the melting/crystallization transition of [[hard sphere model | hard spheres]] and the long-time decay of [[auto-correlation functions]] in fluids."
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Alder is a professor emeritus of applied science at the University of California, Davis, and a consultant with the Institute for Scientific Computing Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
 
Alder is a professor emeritus of applied science at the University of California, Davis, and a consultant with the Institute for Scientific Computing Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
==Awards and prizes==
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==National Medal of Science==
===Boltzmann Award===
 
Co-winner of the [[Boltzmann Award]] in 2001:
 
<blockquote>''"For inventing the technique of [[molecular dynamics]] simulation and showing that with such "computer experiments" important discoveries in the field of [[statistical mechanics]] can be made, in particular the melting/crystallization transition of [[hard sphere model | hard spheres]] and the long-time decay of [[auto-correlation functions]] in fluids."''</blockquote>
 
===National Medal of Science===
 
 
On the 7th of October 2009 Barack H. Obama presented  [http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/recip_details.cfm?recip_id=5300000000450 The President's National Medal of Science] to Berni J. Alder:
 
On the 7th of October 2009 Barack H. Obama presented  [http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/recip_details.cfm?recip_id=5300000000450 The President's National Medal of Science] to Berni J. Alder:
<blockquote>''"For establishing powerful computer methods useful for molecular dynamics simulations, conceiving and executing experimental shock-wave simulations to obtain properties of fluids and solids at very high pressures, and developing Monte Carlo methods for calculating the properties of matter from first principles, all of which contributed to major achievements in the science of condensed matter."''</blockquote>
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<blockquote>"For establishing powerful computer methods useful for molecular dynamics simulations, conceiving and executing experimental shock-wave simulations to obtain properties of fluids and solids at very high pressures, and developing Monte Carlo methods for calculating the properties of matter from first principles, all of which contributed to major achievements in the science of condensed matter."</blockquote>
 
A [http://www.life.com/image/91548632 photo of the occasion was published in Life].
 
A [http://www.life.com/image/91548632 photo of the occasion was published in Life].
==Publications list==
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==The 'Alder ''Studies in Molecular Dynamics'' ' series==
===The 'Alder ''Studies in Molecular Dynamics'' ' series===
 
 
#[http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1730376    B. J. Alder and T. E. Wainwright "Studies in Molecular Dynamics. I. General Method", Journal of Chemical Physics '''31''' pp. 459-466 (1959)]
 
#[http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1730376    B. J. Alder and T. E. Wainwright "Studies in Molecular Dynamics. I. General Method", Journal of Chemical Physics '''31''' pp. 459-466 (1959)]
 
#[http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1731425    B. J. Alder and T. E. Wainwright "Studies in Molecular Dynamics. II. Behavior of a Small Number of Elastic Spheres", Journal of Chemical Physics '''33''' pp. 1439-1451 (1960)]
 
#[http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1731425    B. J. Alder and T. E. Wainwright "Studies in Molecular Dynamics. II. Behavior of a Small Number of Elastic Spheres", Journal of Chemical Physics '''33''' pp. 1439-1451 (1960)]

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