Acting Dean, Science
Michael Lawrence Klein is the interim Dean, in the College of Science & Technology, at Temple University, with primary affiliation in the Department of Chemistry, but he also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Biology.
Michael was born in London, UK and received both his B.Sc. and Ph.D. (Chemistry) from the University of Bristol, UK. He subsequently held post-doctoral research positions in Italy, the US and UK before accepting a research position with the National Research Council of Canada, in Ottawa, Canada, where he moved through the ranks before joining the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. From 1993 until 2009 he was the Earle Hepburn Professor of Physical Science and Director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, one of the leading materials research labs in the USA, which nurtured collaborations between researchers in Science, Engineering and Medicine to produce entirely new materials. He moved to Temple University in 2009 where he is presently the Laura H Carnell Professor of Science and Director, Institute for Computational Molecular Science. In the latter capacity, he is responsible for building research capability involving Computational Science across the university.
Michael is a pioneer in the field of molecular simulation and has been a leader in the use of computer simulation to understand the properties of molecular systems; research that has had broad impact in the physical and life sciences. He has mentored more than 100 post-doctoral and graduate students who have gone on to successful careers in academe, industry and national labs around the world, including the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, India, Taiwan, Brazil and Japan. He has published more than 600 research articles and with others helped create two local drug discovery startup companies.
Michael has received numerous Honors & Awards for his research achievements notably from the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society; European Physical Society; Royal Society of Chemistry UK; and Chemical Research Society of India. Michael serves on Science Advisory Boards: for National Labs and Universities in USA, and around the world and is also active on a number Editorial Boards and International Review Panels.
Michael is a member of National Academy of Sciences of the USA, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Royal Society of London, the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of the Developing World, and the Indian Academy of Sciences.