David Beveridge was born and raised in Coshocton, Ohio and attended the College of Wooster, Ohio graduating in 1959, with a major in chemistry. After two years at Monsanto Research Laboratory, he went for graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. Based on his studies and graduate research under the mentorship of the eminent physical chemist, Hans H. Jaffé.
è he was awarded the Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1965. He was granted an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship to study molecular quantum mechanics at the Centre de Mecanique Ondulatoire Appliquee in Paris, France with Dr. Odilon Chalvet 1965-66. Beveridge continued his postdoctoral studies at Carnegie-Mellon University with Prof J.A. Pople (Nobel Prize, 1999), where he worked on the development of INDO molecular orbital theory and carried out applications of the INDO method with some of the first studies of unpaired spin densities and hyperfine coupling constants in free radicals. With Prof. Pople, he co-authored the book “Approximate Molecular Orbital Theory”, published by McGraw Hill in 1970.
In 1968 Beveridge joined faculty of the City University of New York, at first in a joint appointment with Hunter College Chemistry Department and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently full time at Hunter College. His research program there focused on studies of the structure of liquid water and aqueous solutions using theoretical physical chemistry and Monte Carlo computer simulation. This research was initiated under an NIH career development award 1972-1977, and subsequently supported by a series of research grants from the NIH Institute of General Medical Studies. In recognition of his research and teaching, he was named Thomas Hunter Distinguished Professor.
In 1986, Beveridge moved from New York City to become Professor of Chemistry at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT, where his developing interests in biological water shifted the focus of his research into molecular biophysics. In 1988, he was granted a Merit Award by the NIH, and subsequently named the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics. His current research involves theoretical studies and computational modeling studies of the structure, motions, solvation, and ligand binding properties of DNA and RNA using molecular dynamics simulation. He served at Wesleyan as Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 1992-1999, where his major initiatives were aimed at enhancements in the integration of teaching and research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A notable achievement was the initial proposal of an innovative BA/MA program, which has now become well-established. Beveridge was a founder of the interdepartmental Molecular Biophysics Program at Wesleyan, and served as PI on a 30-year sequence of NIH Molecular Biophysics Training Grants which supported graduate stipends for PhD thesis students in this area. He was a co-collaborator on grants from NSF that funded the development of a high-performance computing center in support of basic research, and continues to serve on the steering committee.
Beveridge is an author on ~ 250 papers in the scientific literature, and has mentored the theses of ~ 40 MA and PhD students. His teaching at Wesleyan has ranged from physical chemistry, molecular biophysics, and computational biology to freshman seminars on The Scientific Method, and Science and Modernism, 1875-1925. With his colleagues, he developed a popular lecture/laboratory course, Science and Art. Beveridge retired from teaching after the 2016-17 academic year, and now serves as co-director of the Wasch Center at Wesleyan, which supports the continuation of research by emeritus faculty. He remains active in the area of computational biophysics, and now participates in Molecules to Medicine, a collaboratory which involves research methodologies for computer assisted drug design. Beveridge is a named fellow of the Biophysical Society and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences.