60th Birthday: Wolfram Koch

  • Author: ChemViews Magazine
  • Published Date: 18 July 2019
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
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Wolfram Koch, theoretical chemist and Executive Director of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society), celebrates his 60th birthday on July 18, 2019.

Wolfram Koch was born in Darmstadt, Germany. He studied chemistry at Technische Hochschule Darmstadt (today Technische Universität Darmstadt) and at Technische Universität (TU) Berlin, Germany. He received his Ph.D. from TU Berlin in 1986 under the supervision of Helmut Schwarz. In 1987–1988, he was an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Computational Chemistry, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA. In 1988, he became Senior Scientist at the Institute for Supercomputing and Applied Mathematics at IBM Germany’s Scientific Center in Heidelberg.

In 1992, Koch returned to TU Berlin as Professor of Theoretical Organic Chemistry. From 1998 to 2000, he served as Department Head at the GDCh in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and as Head of the office of the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) project "Global Info – The German Digital Library Project". From 2000 to 2002, he was GDCh Director "Science and Research". Since 2002, Koch serves as Executive Director of the "Deutscher Zentralausschuss für Chemie" (DZfCh, German representation in IUPAC) and Executive Director of the GDCh.

Among other honors, Wolfram Koch has received the Schering-Award for best dissertation in chemistry in 1987, the Gold Medal of the Slovak Chemical Society in 2002, and the Goldene Ehrennadel (badge of honor) of the VAA (association of managers in the chemical industry) in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), an Honorary Member of the Czech Chemical Society (ČSCH), an Honorary Fellow of ChemPubSoc Europe, and an Honorary Member of the Israel Chemical Society (ICS). In his work and in his numerous honorary activities, Wolfram Koch has shown great commitment to scientific publishing and the promotion of chemistry.

Selected Publications



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