Reciepient of the Lennard-Jones prize 2017
Ruth Lynden-Bell obtained her PhD in 1962 under the supervision of Norman Sheppard. Although this work was concerned with measuring NMR coupling constants and chemical shifts in simple molecules, she was always interested in theoretical chemistry. After a year at Cal Tech, she returned to Cambridge for a short time before going to the University of Sussex where she worked on the effects of motion on the ESR spectra of triplets and radicals. Later, after returning to Cambridge, she started to use Molecular Dynamics to study motion in liquids with Ian McDonald and has been using simulations ever since to study molecular motion and local structure in liquids, on surfaces and in solids. In 1995 she was appointed to Queen's University Belfast as part of an initiative to set up an interdisciplinary group in atomistic simulation. This continues to flourish after 20 years. Now she is retired and back in Cambridge where she is still doing simulations.
She was elected to the Royal Society in 2006, was awarded an honorary DSc by Queen's University in 2009, and received the Paul Walden Prize in 2012.