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Intel Sandy Bridge 8-core based QuantumCubesTM and AMD Interlagos 12- and 16-core based QuantmCubesTM are available now. Please visit the machines section for details.
Jon received a B.Sc. degree (with first class honors) at the University of Durham, UK, and a PhD in theoretical chemistry at the University of Sheffield, UK in 1981, under the direction of Professor B. T. Pickup. In his career, he collaborated with many outstanding scientists in the field of theoretical and computational chemistry. He worked in Uppsala, Sweden, as an independent research worker sponsored by NATO (1981-83). He continued his work at the Australian National University where, in the group of Dr. Leo Radom, he developed his Eigenvector Following algorithm for locating transition states (1984-86). This paper (J. Baker, J. Comp. Chem. 7 (1986) 385) has been cited almost 1200 times. From 1986-89 he was an independent post-doctoral researcher and Assistant Editor of Chemical Physics Letters at Cambridge University, England, working with David Buckingham and developing collaboration with Patrick Fowler and other European researchers. Between 1989 and 1992, he has written much of the computational chemistry part of the SPARTAN molecular modeling code, first at the University of California, Irvine, and then at Wavefunction, Inc. He was a senior scientist with Biosym in San Diego as developing and adapting quantum chemistry codes (Turbomole, DMol and ZINDO) (1992-1995). He was also a visiting scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institute of ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zürich for part of 1995, working with Dr. B. Delley. In 1996 he joined University of Arkansas where he was soon appointed Research Associate Professor. Jon had about 100 research publications, many of them in leading international journals. In addition to the eigenvector following paper, he has 9 more papers with citation counts of 100 or more, and 30 papers which were cited 30 times or more, resulting in a Hirsch index of 30.
Jon was one of the founding members of Parallel Quantum Solutions, LLC in 1997 and from that time on he split his energy and time between the University and PQS. He was the principal investigator of several successful grant applications submitted from PQS. He performed most code coordination work, and managed much of the business activities, and software customer assistance. He was a perfectionist in the best sense of the word, always intent to help the users of the company’s products. His untimely death is a tragic loss for PQS. We also express our deep condolences to Jon’s family.
PQS is committed to carry on Jon’s dream and provide in the future, as in the past, first-rate computational software and hardware for the chemistry community worldwide. Following Jon’s wishes, PQS, LLC invited Dr. Tomasz Janowski to join the company. We are planning to honor Jon Baker’s memory in the future with a prize named after him.