Stylianos Kampouridis

Robert W. Allington Fellow

Stylianos Kampouridis is a PhD candidate in the history of chemistry in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His dissertation, entitled “Bytes as Test Tubes: The Emergence of Computational Quantum Chemistry,” tries to reconstruct historically the emergence of computer modeling and simulation of chemical systems by the use of approximate mathematical methods derived from quantum theory. His research focuses on computational chemistry as a new way of doing chemistry that was thought to be in direct opposition with established traditions in the field.
This new way of doing chemistry is not treated as something that evolved in a linear historical process but, on the contrary, included many contingent decisions, constant antagonism for resources, and tensions about the paths that had to be followed, all in dialectical relation with the evolution of computer technology.

Kampouridis received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He completed his master’s degree in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Athens, where he examined the computational attempts in quantum chemistry until 1970.

While at CHF, he will primarily be working with the papers of John A. Pople, a major figure in quantum chemistry and one of the scientists responsible for the transformation of computations in chemistry from a mere curiosity to a recognized scientific practice.