Alumni Spotlight: Douglas J. Henderson

Douglas J. Henderson PhD ‘61

Douglas Henderson is to receive an honorary doctorate from the Institute of Condensed Matter Physics of the National Academy of Science of the Ukraine in recognition of his research and his efforts fostering interaction between Ukrainian and US scientists.


He graduated from the Physics Department at the University of Utah in 1961 and taught at the University of Idaho, Arizona State University, and the University of Waterloo in Canada. The bulk of his career was spent with the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose where he was located for 26 years. The last 2 years were spent on leave at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. After retiring from IBM, he has been with the Chemistry Department of BYU. He has now retired from teaching but is active in research.

Selected Achievements

  • 2010 - Doctor honoris causa, Institute of Condensed Matter Physics,Ukrainian National Academy of Science
  • 2009 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2005 - ACS Utah Award
  • 1999 - Joel Henry Hildebrand Nat’l ACS Award
  • 1997 - Guggenheim Fellow
  • 1990 - Foreign Member, Mexican Academy of Science
  • 1988 - Manuel Sandoval Vallarta & Juan de Oyarzabal Professor of Physics, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
  • 1973 - Eighty-seven IBM Outstanding Research Awards
  • 1965 - Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • 1964 - 66 Sloan Fellow
  • 1963 - Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 1961 - Graduated with Ph.D from Univ. of Utah
  • Thesis: “The Significant Structure Theory of Liquid Hydrogen in its Various Ortho-para & Isotopic Forms“
  • Committee: Henry Eyring, Jack Keuffel, Thomas Parmley Don Tucker Eliot Chamberlin

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