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
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).
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.
- 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