Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

Diercksen, Geerd H.F.

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Diercksen, Geerd H.F.

Diercksen, Geerd H.F.

Prof. Dr. Geerd H.F. Diercksen


Scientist emeritus


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Main Focus

Reliable and accurate quantum-chemical studies of the properties and dynamics of quantum systems in external potentials in particular in high intensity laser fields and in super strong magnetic fields. Development of a unified, distributed and extensible computation and knowledge managment infrastructure for computational molecular physics and the life sciences.

The research results have been documented in about 250 publications in refereed scientific journals and presented in various lectures.

Curriculum Vitae

Nationality German
Birth Date 1936
Graduated in Chemistry (Diplom Chemiker, 31.10.1961, Advisor: R. Suhrmann), Technische Hochschule Hannover (now: Leibniz Universität Hannover).
Ph.D. (Dr. phil. nat., 19.12.1963, Advisor: H. Preuß), J.W. von Goethe Universität, Frankfurt.
Senior Research Fellow, University of Keele, England.
1965-2001 Staff Member, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching.
Visiting Senior Scientist, IBM Research Laboratories, San Jose, California, USA.
Cofounder of the Strasbourg Seminars on Computational Problems in Quantum Chemistry.
1973 Privatdozent (28.11.1973) of Chemistry, Technische Universität München.
Scientific Director of 5 NATO Advanced Study Institutes on Methods in Computational Molecular Physics and Molecular Astrophysics (1974, 1982, 1984, 1991, and 1996).
1976/7 Harvard Research Fellow, Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Board member and Chairman (1982-1984) of the Computational Physics Group of the European Physical Society.
apl. Professor of Chemistry (07.12.1984), Technische Universität München.
1985-2000 Principal Editor of Computer Physics Communications.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.
Advisory Editor of the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.
Editor of Physics Reports.
Canada-Germany Research Awardee.
Visiting Professor, Department of Numerical Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada.
Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Humboldt Awardee and Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan (1998, 2001 and 2003).
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Honorary Research Fellow of the Foundation for Polish Science. Gold Medal of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava. Japanese-German Research Awardee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science under the auspices of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.
Associate Scientist, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching.
2001-2005 German Delegate and Chairman of the Management Committee of the EU COST Action 282: Knowledge Exploration in Science and Technology - KnowlEST.
Scientific and Technical Coordinator of the EU 5th Framework Programme IST Project Open Computing GRID for Molecular Science and Engineering - OpenMolGRID.
2002-2006 German Delegate to the EU COST Technical Committee for Telecommunication, Information Science and Technology.
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (India) - Humboldt Reciprocity Research Award 2004. Coordinaçâo de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (Brazil) - Humboldt Reciprocity Research Award 2004
2005-2006 Humboldt Awardee, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, PA, Brazil; Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador da Bahia, BA, Brazil.
2007 Senior Research Fellow, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
2009 Visiting Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Senior Research Fellow, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, Funabashi, Chiba, Japan.
2016 Senior Research Fellow, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, Funabashi, Chiba, Japan.

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