Peter Gill graduated from the University of Auckland with a MSc (Hons) and received his PhD from the Australian National University. He has since held positions at Camegie-Mellon University (1988-1993), Massey University (1993-1996), University of Cambridge (1996-1999) and the University of Nottingham (1999-2004) before being appointed Professor at the Research School of Chemistry. He has been awarded the Dirac Medal (1999), the Pople Medal (2005), and the Schrödinger Medal (2011).
Quantum chemistry is the discipline in which the laws of quantum mechanics are applied to understand and predict molecular behaviour. As we enter the 21st century, one of the scientific “grand challenges” is to find ways to extend quantum chemistry’s realm to the study of large systems, especially those of biological interest, without using impracticable amounts of computer time. We are contributing to this exhilarating field in several ways.