80th Birthday: Helmut Schwarz

80th Birthday: Helmut Schwarz

Author: ChemistryViews (Photo: © Herlinde Koelbl, Munich)

Helmut Schwarz, Technische Universität (TU) Berlin, Germany, celebrates his 80th birthday on August 6, 2023.

Schwarz’s research is focused on chemistry in the gas phase and combines experimental and theoretical work. His interests include reactions of metal-cluster ions, metal-mediated oxidations, reactive transition-metal compounds, bond activation, and the development of mass spectrometry (MS) techniques.

With his work, Helmut Schwarz has improved the understanding of catalytic processes and made important contributions to the development of tailor-made catalysts as well as to advancing the analytical capabilities of mass spectrometry.


Career & Honors

Helmut Schwarz, born on August 6, 1943, studied chemistry at TU Berlin, Germany, and received his Ph.D. there in 1972. He completed his habilitation at TU Berlin in 1974 and was appointed Professor of Chemistry there in 1978. In addition to many other commitments, Schwarz served as President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, from 2008 to 2017.

Among many other honors, Helmut Schwarz has received the van’t Hoff Award from the Royal Academy of Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1980, the Liebig Medal from the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) in 1998, the Prelog Medal in Gold from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 2000, the Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2001, the Otto Hahn Award for Chemistry and Physics from the GDCh and the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, DPG) in 2003, the Science Medal of the Slowak Academy of Sciences in 2009, the Blaise Pascal Medal in Chemistry from the European Academy of Sciences in 2011, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012, the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) Schrödinger Medal in 2015, the Karl Ziegler Prize from the GDCh in 2015, and numerous honorary doctorates.

Helmut Schwarz is a Member of the Academy of Sciences Erfurt, Germany, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Germany, the Academy of Sciences Göttingen, Germany, the Academia Europaea, the German Academy of Engineering acatech, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg, Austria, as well as a Foreign Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, a Foreign Honorary Member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, and an Honorary Member of the Israel Chemical Society, the Polish Chemical Society, and the Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna, Italy. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Institute for Scientific Information, the European Academy of Sciences, Liège, Belgium, and the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, as well as a Foreign Fellow of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India.


Selected Publications


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