Mark Gordon is the Frances M. Craig Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University. Professor Gordon received his PhD in 1967 under the guidance of Professor John Pople, 1998 Chemistry Nobel Laureate. He accepted a faculty appointment at North Dakota State University in 1970 and later moved to Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory in 1992. Profesor Gordon's research interests are very broadly based in electronic structure theory, computational science and related fields, including solvent effects and chemical reaction mechanisms. He has authored more than 600 research papers and is an elected member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. He received the 2009 American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research and the 2015 American Chemical Society Award for Theoretical Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.