70th Birthday: Gernot Frenking

70th Birthday: Gernot Frenking

Author: ChemViews (Photo: University of Marburg)

Theoretical chemist Professor Gernot Frenking, Emeritus at the University of Marburg, Germany, celebrates his 70th birthday on January 23, 2016.

Professor Frenking’s research interests include dative bonding in main-group compounds, bonding analysis of molecules with unusual bonds, and reaction mechanisms in small-molecule activation.

Gernot Frenking studied chemistry at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany, and received his Ph.D. from the Technical University Berlin, Germany, in 1979 for theoretical work on phosphorus(III) compounds. He finished his habilitation, also in Berlin, in 1984. After one year as Visiting Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, working with Henry F. Schaefer III, he joined the Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, CA, USA, as staff scientist in 1985.

In 1990, Gernot Frenking became Professor for Computational Chemistry at the University of Marburg, Germany, and in 1998, was named Full Professor for Theoretical Chemistry. He remained in Marburg until his retirement in 2014. He continues his research there as Professor Emeritus and also works as Ikerbasque Visiting Research Professor at the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), San Sebastian, Spain.

Among other honors, Professor Frenking has received the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Prize by the Real Sociedad Española de Química (Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, RSEQ) in 2007, the Schrödinger Medal of the WATOC (World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists) in 2009, and the Hans Hellman Research Professorship Award of the University of Marburg in 2012. He serves as Editor of the Journal of Computational Chemistry.

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