Biographical Sketch of David A. Micha

  • Born in Argentina. U.S. citizen since 1974.


  • Lic. Phys. (M.Sc.), University of Cuyo, Bariloche, Argentina, 1962
  • Fil. Lic. (Ph.D.), University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1965
  • Fil. Doktor (D.Sc.), University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1966

Professional Record


  • Research Associate, Quantum Chemistry Group, University of Uppsala, Sweden, November 1965-January 1966
  • Research Associate, Theoretical Chemistry Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 1966-July 1967
  • Assistant Research Physicist, Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences and Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego (La Jolla), August 1967-August 1969
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, University of Florida, Gainesville, September 1969-June 1974
  • Professor of Chemistry and Physics, University of Florida, Gainesville, July 1974-December 2007
  • Emeritus and Adjunct  Professor of Chemistry and Physics, University of Florida, Gainesville, January 2008-present

Visiting professorship and scientist positions

  • Visiting Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, March-April 1966
  • Visiting Lamberg Professor, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, July-December 1970
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry and College Observatory,  Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, September-December 1972
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences, University of California, San Diego, July-September 1973
  • Von Humboldt Senior Scientist Awardee, Max-Planck Inst. Fur Stroemungsforschung, Goettingen, West Germany, July-December 1976
  • Visiting Professor, Quantum Chemistry Department, Uppsala University, Sweden, January-April 1977
  • Visiting Professor, Physics Department, Imperial College, London, England, April-July 1977
  • Visiting Scientist, Max-Planck Inst. Fur Stroemungsforschung, Goettingen, West Germany, September 1980
  • Visiting Research Physicist, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, August-November 1982
  • Visiting Fellow, JILA and University of Colorado, Boulder, January-June 1983
  • Visiting Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, July-September 1983
  • Faculty Research Participant, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June-July 1984
  • Visiting Scientist, Quantum Chemistry Department, Uppsala University, July-August 1986
  • Visiting Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 1988, and May, 1995.
  • Visiting Scientist, Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics, Harvard University, August-December, 1990.
  • Visiting Scientist, Chemistry Department and Supercomputer Computations Research Institute, Florida State University, January-May, 1991.
  • von Humboldt Foundation Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute fur Astrophysik, Munich, and Max Planck Institute fur Stroemungsforschung, Goettingen, Germany, May-July, 1996, and May-June, 1997.
  • Visiting Scientist Fellowship, Institute for Theoretical Atomic and  Molecular Physics, Harvard University- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,  June-August 1998; April-July 2000.
  • Visiting Scientist, Chemistry Department, Ecole Normal Superieur, Paris,  France, May 2004,  May 2005, May 2008.
  • Visiting scientist, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA),  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, May 2009

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society (Fellow)
  • American Chemical Society

Membership in Honorary Societies and Other Honors

  • Fellowship, Swedish International Development Agency, 1962-65
  • Member, Society of the Sigma Xi, 1966
  • Docent, University of Uppsala, 1968
  • Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1971-74
  • Visiting Lamberg Professor, University of Gothenburg, 1971
  • U.S. Senior Scientist Award, A. Von Humboldt Foundation, W. Germany, 1976, and 1996
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1976
  • J.I.L.A. Fellow, National Bureau of Standards, 1983
  • Sigma Xi Senior Faculty Research Award, University of Florida, 1985
  • Listed in "American Men and Women of Science" (Reed Publ. Co, 1992) and following ones.
  • Listed in “Who-is-Who in Science and Engineering”, 2nd and later editions (Marquis, 1993).
  • Listed in “Who-is-Who in America”, 49th and later editions (Marquis, 1995)
  • University of Florida Teaching Award, 1996-97
  • University of Florida Award to Outstanding Faculty, 1999.
  • Dreyfus Foundation Mentors Award, 2008
  • Promoted to Jubeldoktor (Jubilee Doctor) by Uppsala University, Sweden, 2016.

Research Funding

  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Grants, 1971-2014
  • Principal Investigator, American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund, Grant, 1969-72
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 1971-73; extended to 1973-75
  • NATO Research Collaboration Grant, 1976-82
  • Oak Ridge Participation Contract, 1977-86
  • National Resource for Computation in Chemistry, 1978-80
  • A. Von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Award, 1976-77
  • Co-Principal Investigator, NASA, 1981-83
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Office of Naval Research Chemistry Division, 1993-2000
  • Dreyfus Foundation, Mentors Award, 2008-10

Present Research Interests

  • Optical properties and photoconductivity in semiconductors using density operator and electronic structure methods
  • Energy and electron transfer, and light emission-absorption at solid surfaces
  • Dissipative dynamics of  molecular systems and materials using density operator theory
  • Energy transfer, electron transfer, light emission, and reactions in gas phase collisions
  • Molecular photodissociation, and photodesorption from surfaces
  • Dynamics of atomic clusters
  • Intermolecular forces
  • Few- and many-body theory of atomic collisions
  • Time-dependent molecular orbital theory and many-electron theory
  • Computational methods of molecular scattering and electronic structure
  • Computational methods for the molecular dynamics of extended systems
  • Visualization and animation of molecular phenomena

Professional Activities

  • Director, Center for Chemical Physics, UF, 1982-91
  • Center for Chemical Physics Committee, UF, 1991-2002
  • Member of the Advisory Editorial Board, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 1979-1988.
  • Member, Editorial Board, "Few-Body Systems" (Acta Physica Austriaca), 1985-present.
  • Vice-chairman and Chairman, American Physical Society Topical Group on Few-body Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics, 1986-89.
  • Editor, Plenum Publishing Corp. Book Series on "Finite Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics", 1990-2005.
  • Co-organizer, "Sanibel Symposium on Theory and Computation for the Molecular and Materials Sciences", Univ. of Florida, 1985-present.
  • Organizer, "US-Latin American Workshop on Theoretical and Computational Aspects of Molecular and Materials Sciences", Univ. of Florida, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2001; Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1999, 2003, 2007.
  • Head, Division of Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Department, Univ. of Florida, 1999-2005
  • Co-organizer, Paris Workshop on the “Quantum Dynamics of Complex Molecular Systems”, 2005, 2007.
  • Co-organizer, IMA, Univ. of Minnesota workshop on “Coherence, Control, and Dissipation”, March 2009