Mark Gordon, Frances M. Craig Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University,
was born and raised in New York City. After completing his B.S. in Chemistry in 1963, Gordon received his PhD in 1967 under the guidance of John Pople. Following postdoctoral research with Klaus Ruedenberg, Gordon accepted a faculty appointment at North Dakota State University in 1970, eventually becoming distinguished professor and department chair. He moved to ISU and Ames Laboratory in 1992. He is the Frances M. Craig Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Gordon's research interests are in electronic structure theory and computational science. He has authored more than 640 research papers and is an elected member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. He received the 2009 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research and the 2015 ACS Award for Theoretical Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the APS, the ACS and the AAAS.