Roberto Car is a theoretical condensed matter physicist and physical chemist. He is known for the ab-initio molecular dynamics method that he introduced with Michele Parrinello, and for electronic structure and simulation studies of disordered systems. Car was born in Italy and graduated from the Technical University of Milan. Since 1999 he is professor of chemistry and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials at Princeton University, where he is also associated professor of physics and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Car has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 1990 Europhysics Prize, the 1995 APS Rahman Prize, the 2009 Dirac Medal, the 2009 IEEE Fernbach Award, the 2016 ACS Theoretical Chemistry
Award, and the 2020 Franklin Medal. Car holds honorary degrees from Italian and Swiss Universities. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
ACM Gordon Bell Finalist