Michele Parrinello


Born September 7, 1945 in Messina, Italy.

Chair in Computational Science, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry - ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
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European Physical Society: Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize (1990), Fellow, American Physical Society (1991), Socio correspondente, Accademia dei Pericolanti (1992), Eli Burstein Lecturer in Materials Science at the University of Philadelphia (1993), Royal Society of Chemistry: Boys-Rahman Prize (1994), American Physical Society: Rahman Prize (1995), University of Stuttgart: Honorary Professor (1995), Honorary Member, Materials Research Society of India (1999), American Chemical Society: Award in Theoretical Chemistry (2001).

Author of:

More than 300 research papers, review articles and edited books.

Important Contributions:

Theory of ionic liquids; Molecular dynamics simulation of structural phase transitions; Path integral study of metal-molten salts solution; Development of the ab initio molecular dynamics method; Proton transfer in water; Ziegler-Natta catalysis.