Born October 28th, 1916. Emeritus Professor of Quantum Chemistry at Uppsala University, Sweden. Graduate Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, USA.
Honorary president of: the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, Menton, France, (1986) (President 1979–85); the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, France (1986–); the World Association of Theoretical Organic Chemists (WATOC, 1986–); the International Society of Quantum Biology; the Catalonian Quantum Chemistry Society; Doctor honoris causa (Gent 1975); Paris, (1975), Turku (1980). Uppsala University established a yearly "Per-Olov Löwdin Lectureship" in 1983. Scientific volumes (Festschrifts) have been dedicated to Dr. Löwdin in 1966, 1976 and 1989.
Knight of the Swedish Royal Order of the North Star; Commander of the Swedish Royal Order of Vasa; Björkén Award (Uppsala University 1973); St. Olaf's Medal (Norway 1975); Gold Medal NOR (Sweden 1975); Swedish-American Bicentennial Gold Medal (Sweden 1979); Lavoisier Medal in Gold (French Academy of Sciences (1981); Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France 1982); Ultrastructure Award (USA 1985); the Niels Bohr Medal (WATOC, Budapest 1987); University of Florida President's Medallion for Distinguished Service (1980-1992).
Member of: the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish National Academies of Sciences; the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences in Uppsala; the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala; the Norwegian Academy of Sciences in Trondheim; the American Philosophical Society, (Pittsburg); Fellow of: the American Physical Society; the Explorers Club, (New York); Honorary member of: the Sigma Pi Sigma Honorary Physics Society and Sigma Xi (USA) ; Member of: the American Chemical Society; the British Physical Society. Foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science & Technology.
Member of Nobel Committee for Physics, Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, (1972–84). Editor-in-Chief of : the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, (1967–); Advances in Quantum Chemistry, (1967–). Member of the Editorial Boards of : Foundations for Physics, Journal of Biological Physics, Chinese Journal of Molecular Science, and Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie. Foreign Member of the Advisory Boards of : Institute for Molecular Science in Okazaki, Japan (1983–86); the Max Planck Society for Carbon Research, M?lheim d.a. Ruhr, Germany; the Molecular Center of the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Seoul, Korea (1992–). Director of: Uppsala-Florida Exchange Project in the Quantum Sciences, (1960–); Florida-Latinamerican Exchange Project in the Quantum Sciences (1985–).
Dr. Löwden is the organizer of 25 Summer Institutes in Scandinavia and 15 Winter Institutes in Florida on quantum chemistry, solid-state theory, and quantum biology, and numerous international scientific conferences including 28 Sanibel Symposia.