Dept. of Chemistry
Ohio State University
100 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
John M. Herbert received B.S. degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Kansas State University in December 1998, where he was a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, working with Eric Maatta (in chemistry) and Andrew Bennett (in mathematics). He spent 1997 on holiday at Argonne National Lab, learning theoretical chemistry from Walter Ermler, then worked with Vince Ortiz upon return to Kansas State. After a brief stint as a graduate student in mathematics, he ultimately returned to chemistry, receiving a Ph.D. in physical/theoretical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2003, where he was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow, with John Harriman. This was followed by postdoctoral work with Anne McCoy at The Ohio State University and, subsequently, with Martin Head-Gordon at the University of California–Berkeley, where he was a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow. He joined the Ohio State faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2006, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, and then to Professor in 2014.
Professor Herbert received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2007. In 2009, he was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He has been an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow.
Professor Herbert finds, empirically, that quantum mechanics is much simpler than social mechanics, and he is working on a rigorous proof.