1Departamentul Biologie – Chimie, Facultatea de Chimie Biologie Geografie, Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara
2Institutul de Chimie al Academiei Române din Timişoara
3Universitatea din Timişoara
4Universitatea de Medicină şi Farmacie din Timişoara
This deferential paper is an appraisal of the scientific career of Professor Zeno Simon, Correspondent Member of the Romanian Academy, considered the founder of the computational chemistry school in Timisoara, presented by former students and colleagues on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The material starts with the description of the years spent in Bucharest between 1952 and 1966 by the brilliant student, young researcher and PhD Zeno Simon. The main topics approaches in this period by the future professor covered the theoretical calculation of some kinetic parameters for monomolecular reactions using quantum chemical methods, and the modeling of certain cellular events, as difference on self/non-self recognition. In 1966 he has returned in the city of his birth, Timisoara, where Zeno Simon`s versatility and scientific interest guided him through a research Institute (Institute of Chemistry Timisoara of the Romanian Academy) and two universities (the West University Timisoara and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara), obtaining shortly, in 1979, the title of Professor and PhD tutor in chemistry. Besides the previous scientific domains, he addressed the very new research field at the time, the biological activity-molecular structure relationships, and also the application and development of quantum chemical methods. Throughout the years, in the vast majority of the cases, the Professor voluntarily gathered around him and prepared many young and enthusiastic students, researches and teachers, working together with them, creating, in time, a powerful group of computational chemistry, unique in Romania, with internationally remarkable scientific results. The large number of intensively cited papers and books, developed under the guidance of the Professor, is a testimony of the scientific viability of his group and the talent and remarkable perseverance with which was led.
Quantum chemistry, Computational chemistry, QSAR, MTD (minimal Topological Difference)-Method
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