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Robert Sanderson Mulliken (1896-1986), US chemist. Mulliken is known for his work on molecular orbitals. This allows calculation of molecular properties from the electron arrangements in the atoms making up the molecules, and is an essential part of computational and theoretical chemistry. Mulliken developed his ideas concerning molecular orbitals in 1927. During the 1920s, Mulliken worked with Schrodinger, Dirac and Heisenberg, among other distinguished physicists, and he developed his theory with Max Born's assistant Friedrich Hund. Mulliken was awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on molecular orbitals. Photographed in 1962.
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