He is known for his work in computational chemistry, molecular modeling and bioinformatics, especially for his role in the development of the AMBER force field and molecular dynamics software package.
Kollman obtained his B.A. from Grinnell College in 1966 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1967 and 1970 respectively. His PhD supervisor was Leland C. Allen, who had received his PhD in 1956 from MIT supervised by John C. Slater. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Cambridge with David Buckingham, Kollman was hired as an assistant professor by UCSF, where he spent the rest of his career.
In 1995, he was distinguished with the Computers in Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society.
He is survived by his mother, Gusti, sisters Miriam and Gerda, wife, Mercedes, and four children, Eli, Sarah, Daniel and Artemis.
- Biophysical Journal obituary of Peter Kollman
- San Francisco Chronicle obituary of Peter Kollman
- American Chemical Society Division of Computers in Chemistry obituary of Peter Kollman
- UCSF today obituary of Peter Kollman
- Peter Kollman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Nature obituary
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