# Perspective: Fifty years of density-functional theory in chemical physics.

@article{Becke2014PerspectiveFY, title={Perspective: Fifty years of density-functional theory in chemical physics.}, author={Axel D. Becke}, journal={The Journal of chemical physics}, year={2014}, volume={140 18}, pages={ 18A301 } }

Since its formal inception in 1964-1965, Kohn-Sham density-functional theory (KS-DFT) has become the most popular electronic structure method in computational physics and chemistry. Its popularity stems from its beautifully simple conceptual framework and computational elegance. The rise of KS-DFT in chemical physics began in earnest in the mid 1980s, when crucial developments in its exchange-correlation term gave the theory predictive power competitive with well-developed wave-function methods…

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