Laura Gagliardi elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Prof. Laura Gagliardi was named a 2020 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Nov. 24 for her distinguished contributions to the sciences. She joins four other researchers from the University of Chicago in receiving this honor.

Gagliardi, the Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, is a renowned quantum chemist who heads the Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry and the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center.

Her research aims to develop novel quantum chemical methods and apply them to study phenomena related to sustainable energies, with special focus on chemical systems relevant to catalysis, spectroscopy, photochemistry, and gas separation.

She was named for her “outstanding accomplishments in developing and applying quantum mechanical electronic structure methods to multi-configurational problems in bonding, catalysis, and inorganometallic chemistry.”

Gagliardi and Profs. John E. Carlstrom, Anita S. Chong, Yamuna Krishnan and Rima McLeod were among 489 fellows elected as AAAS members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Founded in 1848, AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For additional information about AAAS, see