Massey University Auckland
New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study
Prof. Peter Schwerdtfeger currently holds a chair in Theoretical Chemistry at Massey University Auckland and serves as the Head of Institute of the Institute for Advanced Study and as Director of the Center of Theoretical Chemistry and Physics. He took his first degree in Chemical Engineering (Aalen), and studied both chemistry and mathematics at Stuttgart University where he received his PhD in theoretical chemistry, at habilitated at Marburg University. He held a position as a software analyst at Stuttgart University before receiving a Feodor-Lynen fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to join Auckland University and the Australian National University. He earned many awards, amongst them the Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award, the Hector medal, Fellowships of the Royal Society New Zealand and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, a James Cook Fellowship and most recently a Humboldt Research Prize, the Fukui Medal and the Rutherford medal. He published over 300 papers in international journals and books, and served on numerous research and management committees, international societies and editorial boards. His research interests are in fundamental chemistry and physics.