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The Senate of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has newly elected Martin Quack, Professor for Physical Chemistry at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland), as representative of the Swiss Academy members in the Leopoldina Presidium. He replaces the Swiss pathologist Prof. Dr. Philipp U. Heitz, who after two terms did not stand for re-election. The election took place on the eve of the Leopoldina’s 2014 Annual Assembly in Rostock.
The chemist Martin Quack (born 1948) studied in Darmstadt, Grenoble, Göttingen and in Lausanne, where he earned his doctorate. After the Habilitation in 1978 he became professor at the university of Bonn, and in 1983 he was appointed professor of physical chemistry at ETH Zurich. He has contributed fundamental work on many aspects of molecular kinetics and spectroscopy. From 2011 to 2012 he was president of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry. Martin Quack is member of the Leopoldina in the chemistry section since 1998.