Stephen J. Klippenstein

Senior Fellow

Biography

I majored in both chemistry and mathematics for my undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. I enjoyed the fundamental side of mathematics as well as the applied side of chemistry. Theoretical chemistry seemed like a perfect combination of these. I was particularly drawn to gas phase dynamics as it was an area where there was an interaction between theory and experiment; one could make quantitative predictions and directly compare with detailed experiments. I was intrigued by the increasingly detailed gas phase dynamics experiments that arose from the laser age.