2015 NSERC Herzberg Medal winner Dr Axel Becke

Axel Becke

2015 NSERC Herzberg Medal winner Dr Axel Becke

Compute Canada would like to congratulate Dr. Axel Becke, the 2015 recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. Dr. Becke uses Compute Canada and ACENET experts and computing resources for his research. “Every time I want to test a density functional theory, I have to run a thousand calculations. And, of course, the faster I see the results, the faster I know whether the theory has worked or not, and the faster I can work. Thanks to ACENET, a Compute Canada regional partner, I can test a theory in an afternoon, and that would have taken me a month 15 years ago. […] That was unimaginable to me 15 years ago, that I could test two or three density functional theories in a single day. But that’s what’s possible with the resources that Compute Canada has provided.” says Dr. Becke. The Herzberg Medal is awarded annually for both the sustained excellence and overall influence of research work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering, and is the highest honour awarded by NSERC. In addition to his medal, Dr. Becke will receive $1 million in discovery research funding over five years. Click here to learn more about Dr. Becke’s research.

The Honourable Ed Holder, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Axel Becke, and B. Mario Pinto
Photo by: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, provided courtesy of NSERC