Seymour Blinder

Seymour Blinder

Seymour Michael Blinder (born March 11, 1932) is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Seymour was born March 11, 1932 in New York City. He and his wife Frances Bryant reside in Ann Arbor, MI. Seymour has five children: Michael, Stephen, Matthew, Amy, and Sarah.

Seymour attended Cornell University and received an A.B. in Physics and Chemistry in 1953 and A.M in Physics in 1954. He received a Ph. D. in Chemical Physics in 1958 from Harvard University under Professors W. E. Moffitt and J. H. Van Vleck (Nobel Laureate in Physics 1977).

Academic Positions

Seymour Blinder held the following academic positions:

  • Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, Senior Physicist, 1958 - 1961
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University), Assistant Professor, 1961 - 1962
  • Harvard University, Visiting Professor, 1962 - 1963
  • University of Michigan, Assistant Professor, 1963 - 1965
  • University of Michigan, Associate Professor, 1965 - 1970
  • University of Michigan, Professor, 1970 - 1995
  • University of Michigan, Professor Emeritus 1996 - Present

Honors and Awards

Seymour Blinder received following awards and honors:


Teaching interests include: Graduate level Quantum Chemistry, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, undergraduate Physical Chemistry, Electromagnetic Theory, Relativity, Mathematical Methods, and Atomic Physics.

Research interests include: Theoretical Chemistry, Mathematical Physics, applications of quantum mechanics to atomic and molecular structure, theory and applications of Coulomb Propagators, structure and self-energy of the electron, super-symmetric quantum field theory, connections between general relativity and quantum mechanics.

Personal interests include: Playing Cello (mainly Bach suites), classical music, and chess (Seymour is a retired Junior Chess Master).

Books and Publications

Seymour has authored over 100 journal articles in theoretical chemistry and mathematical physics. He has also published four books:

  • Advanced Physical Chemistry; A Survey of Modern Theoretical Principles (Macmillan, New York, 1969)
  • Foundations of Quantum Dynamics (Academic Press, London, 1974)
  • Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biology (Elsevier Academic Press, 2004)
  • Guide to Essential Math: For Students in Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering (Elsevier Academic Press, 2008), in press.

External links

  • 11 Faculty members are granted emeritus status by Regents
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: in Chemistry, Material Science, and Biology (S. M. Blinder)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 1965 Fellows Page

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