Daniel Neuhauser studied Physics and Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem between 1979-1982 followed by graduate studies in Caltech where he obtained an M.Sc. in Physics in 1983 and Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics in 1987. Between 1989 and 1991 he was a Weizmann Postdoctoral fellow in Princeton University, and in 1991-1992 he was the James Frank Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Chicago. In 1992 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in UCLA, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998 and became a Professor in 2002.
He has been awarded the NSF Early Career Award in 1995, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1996 and the Bergmann Research award in 1997. He was the Sackler Visiting Chair in Tel-Aviv University 2007 and a visiting professor in in CNRS Bordeaux in 2015.
His research has focused on the development of low scaling quantum algorithms for large systems and on mesoscopic treatments of coupled radiation-matter. He developed the projection-operator time-dependent method for reactive scattering which made it possible to study exactly the scattering of small molecules. He invented filter-diagonalization, a general scheme for extracting accurate energy resolved information from a short time signal, which is finding use in quantum dynamics, NMR, and general signal processing. He developed Near-Field, a method to study electrodynamics on small scales. In recent years he has been developing, with Baer and Rabani, Stochastic Quantum Chemistry, a paradigm for quantum chemistry calculations that forsakes the need for extensive summations and instead calculates material properties by summations over a small number of orbitals. This paradigm makes is possible to push the limits for many material properties from small systems with tens or hundreds of electrons to large mesoscopic systems with thousands and tens of thousands of electrons.
His research was cited more than 7300 times and his h-index is 46.