Jeremy C Smith

Governor's Chair and Director

Jeremy Smith obtained his PhD in Biophysics from the University of London. After graduation, he worked as a post-doctoral associate and lecturer at Harvard University in the group of Martin Karplus. 

Jeremy has since built up research groups in three different countries. His first group was in Biomolecular Simulation at the Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA) at Saclay, France (1989–1998). Then, in 1998, he became the first chaired professor in computational biology in Germany, when appointed at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing of the University of Heidelberg, where he is honorary professor today. 

In October 2006 Jeremy became the first Governor's Chair at the University of Tennessee, and also Director of the UT/ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His move to Tennessee arose from the presence at ORNL of world-class supercomputing capabilities and the Spallation Neutron Source, as the combination of neutron scattering with computer simulation has been a sustained interest of his. 

Jeremy has performed and directed research in high-performance computer simulation of biological macromolecules, neutron scattering in biology, the physics of proteins, enzyme catalysis, bioenergy, environmental biogeochemistry and the analysis of structural change in proteins. As of 2017 he had published over 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles.


1979: Crabtree Prize.
1995: French Conseil de Chimie Physique.
2006: Australian Federation Fellowship.
2006: Honorary Professorship, U. Heidelberg.
2013: Karcher Lecture, U. Oklahoma.2014: Pregl Lecture, Ljubljana.
2013: UT/Battelle Award for Scientific Research.
2013: ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Team Achievement.
2015: ORNL Significant Event Award
2017: EMSL Distinguished Lecture, PNNL.
2017: Faculty of 1000
2017: ORNL Joint Faculty Award