2022 Pople Medal awarded to Dr Lars Goerigk

The Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical & Computational Chemists (APATCC) awards the 2022 Pople Medal to Dr Lars Goerigk for his contributions to the accurate treatment of ground and excited states with Density Functional Theory and the development of accurate and robust time-dependent double-hybrid density functionals for electronic excitation energies. The Pople Medal—named after the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate, late Sir John A. Pople— is the highest award for a theoretical or computational chemist in the Asia-Pacific under the age of 45. Dr Goerigk is only the third Australian to win this award. He will be formally presented the medal during a plenary lecture at the next APATCC meeting in Vietnam in 2023.