Peter Wolynes

University of California, San Diego, USA

Peter Wolynes was born in Chicago, Ill, USA in April 21, 1953. He graduated with an A.B. degree from Indiana University in 1971 and received a Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from Harvard University in 1976. He spent most of the year as a Postdoctoral Fellow with John Deutch at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then served from Fall 1976 to 1979 as an Assistant Professor in chemistry at Harvard. In 1980, he moved to the University of Illinois, eventually becoming the Center for Advanced Study Professor of chemistry, physics, and biophysics. In 2000, he moved to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. Wolynes was a Visiting Scholar for extended periods at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (UCSB), the Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki), and the Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris). He was a Fogarty Scholar-in-Residence at the National Institute of Health and the Hinshelwood Lecturer at Oxford. Wolynes’ work across the spectrum of theoretical chemistry and biochemistry has been recognized by the 1986 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, the 2000 Peter Debye Award for Physical Chemistry of the ACS, and the Fresenius Award. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Indiana University in 1988 and was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Biophysical Society. Recently, Wolynes has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the German Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina,” and Foreign Member, the Royal Society. In 2008, he received the Founders Award from the Biophysical Society. Furthermore, Wolynes holds the Francis Crick Chair in the Physical Sciences at UCSD and in addition to continuing his work on many body chemical physics, protein folding, and structure prediction, he is also studying stochastic aspects of cell biology.

Biography Updated on 21 July 2009

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