Michele Parrinello

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Michele Parrinello
Born (1945-09-07) 7 September 1945 (age 74)
Messina, Italy
Awards Marcel Benoist Prize (2011)
Fellow of the Royal Society
Dirac Prize
Sidney Fernbach Award
Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences

Michele Parrinello (born 7 September 1945, Messina) is an Italian physicist particularly known for his work in molecular dynamics (the computer simulation of physical movements of atoms and molecules). Parrinello and Roberto Car were awarded the Dirac Medal and the Sidney Fernbach Award in 2009 for their continuing development of the Car-Parrinello method, first proposed in their seminal 1985 paper, "Unified Approach for Molecular Dynamics and Density-Functional Theory".[1]

Life and career

Michele Parinello was born in Messina (Sicily) and received his Laurea in physics from the University of Bologna in 1968. After working at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, the IBM research laboratory in Zurich, and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, he was appointed Professor of Computational Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in 2001, a position he also holds at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. In 2004 he was elected to Great Britain's Royal Society. In 2011 he was awarded the Marcel Benoist Prize.[2] He currently has an h-index of 142, which is one of the highest among all scientists.

Selected notable contributions


  1. ^ IEEE Computer Society (15 October 2009). "Car and Parrinello Named 2009 Fernbach Winners"
  2. ^ RSI (20 September 2011). Ihttp://www5.rsi.ch/home/networks/retedue/approfondimento/giardinodialbert/2011/12/04/michele-parrinello.html Archived 2014-11-08 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian)
Further reading
  • Andreoni, W. ; Marx, D.; Sprik, M. (2005). "Editorial: a tribute to Michele Parrinello: from physics via chemistry to biology", ChemPhysChem, Volume 6, Issue 9 (Special Issue: Parrinello Festschrift)
  • Car, R. and Parrinello, M. (1985). "Unified Approach for Molecular Dynamics and Density-Functional Theory" Physical Review Letters, Vol. 55, Issue 22
  • Kühne, T. D.; Krack, M.; Mohamed, F. R. and Parrinello, M. (2007). "Efficient and Accurate Car-Parrinello-like Approach to Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics" Physical Review Letters, Vol. 98, 066401
External links
  • Parrinello Research Group at ETH Zürich.
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