Prof. Michele Parrinello

ETH Zurich / Lugano, Schwitzerland

 

Michele Parrinello became a professor for computational science at ETH Zurich in July 2001, additionally he used to be director of the Centro Svizzeri di Calcolo Scientifico (CSCS) in Manno, Tessin until 2003. Prof. Parrinello was born in 1945 in Messina, Italy and finished his studies in Physics with a laurea degree of the University of Bologna in 1968. Later he was teaching at SISSA in Trieste (Italy), then he worked for the IBM research lab in Zurich (Switzerland). Afterwards he was appointed as one of the directors of Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart (Germany) before he was appointed to ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

Michele Parrinello became a professor for computational science at ETH Zurich in July 2001, additionally he used to be director of the Centro Svizzeri di Calcolo Scientifico (CSCS) in Manno, Tessin until 2003. Prof. Parrinello was born in 1945 in Messina, Italy and finished his studies in Physics with a laurea degree of the University of Bologna in 1968. Later he was teaching at SISSA in Trieste (Italy), then he worked for the IBM research lab in Zurich (Switzerland). Afterwards he was appointed as one of the directors of Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart (Germany) before he was appointed to ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

His research interests lie in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and include the research of complex chemical reactions, Hydrogen compounds in different systems, catalytic processes and many other troubles of materials science.

Together wit Roberto Car he developed the Ab-initio-molecular dynamics. This procedure, known as Car-Parrinello method, opens new avenues of research and has allowed a breakthrough in the area of computation of electronic, structural and dynamic characteristics of solids, liquids and molecules. Additionally, Prof. Parrinello has made his mark with the Parrinello-Rahman method for molecular dynamics, which allows to analyse the phase transition of solids under pressure. For his work he received numerous awards, e.g. the Award for Theoretical Chemistry 2001 of the American Chemical Society, the Rahman-Award in 1995 of the American Physical Society and last but not least the Hewlett-Packard Award in 1990 of the European Physical Society. Nowadays, he is an external member of Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, a fellow of American Physical Association, a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science.

 

Felser, Krausch, Parrinello, Binder

left to right: C. Felser, G. Krausch, M. Parrinello, K. Binder

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Michele Parrinello; Gutenberg Lecture Award 2008

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left to right: M. Parrinello, C. Felser, G. Krausch