Sigrid Peyerimhoff


Born January 12, 1937 in Rottweil, Germany.

Professor (Emerita) of Theoretical Chemistry at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Bonn, Germany.
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Annual Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (1977); Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize (1988); German Federal Order of Merit 1.Class (1994), Leopoldina Cothenius Medal in Gold (2007), Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2008), Doctor honoris causa (2011). Foundation Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin (1987) and Academia Europaea (1988); Elected Member of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften (1990); Corresponding Member of Berlin Brandenburgische Academy of Sciences (1994), of Academy of Sciences Göttingen (1996) and Member of Leopoldina (1999). Fellow American Physical Society (1992). Vice President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (1990-1996). Member of Executive Board of various professional organisations (Deutsche Bunsengeselllschaft Physikalische Chemie 1992-1996, Naturforscher und Ärzte 1990-1996, Molecular Physics Section Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft 1979-1982) and of Advisory and Evaluation Boards of various Research Institutions.

Author of:

Close to 500 original articles in various international journals. Books: Coauthor of "Umweltstandards: Fakten und Bewertungsprobleme am Beispiel des Strahlenrisikos." Editor of "Interaction of Molecules, Electronic and Steric Effects," Wiley-VCH 2003

Important Contributions:

Contributions to the development of ab initio quantum chemical methods, in particular, multireference configuration interaction, and to their application in many fields of physics and chemistry. Particular emphasis on the theoretical description of electronically excited states, molecular spectra and photochemistry, including coupling of electronic and nuclear motion (non-adiabatic effects), spin-orbit effects, electron-molecule-scattering. Many studies of atmospheric molecules and ions, their lifetimes in excited states and decomposition due to radiative and non-radiative processes. Studies of stabilities and spectra of clusters.