Peter Schwerdtfeger


Born September 1, 1955 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
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Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award (1988). SGS Prize (1994). Fellow of the Royal Society New Zealand (1997). Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (1998). Hector Medal (2001), James Cook Fellowship (2001). Humboldt Research Prize (2010). Fukui Medal (2011).

Author of:

About 260 publications in the area of theoretical chemistry and physics.

Important Contributions:

  • Generally concerned with fundamental aspects of chemistry and physics. This includes relativistic and quantum electrodynamic effects in atoms and molecules; the chemistry of the superheavy elements; high-pressure physics, simulation of phase transitions, and equations of state; the development of relativistic pseudopotentials; parity non-conservation effects in chiral molecules; the variation of fundamental constants in space-time; and program development for topological and graph theoretical concepts of fullerenes.