Georg Zundel

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Georg Zundel
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Georg Zundel
Born(1931-05-17)May 17, 1931
DiedMarch 11, 2007(2007-03-11) (aged 75)
Alma materUniversity of Munich
Known forZundel cation
Berghof Foundation
Scientific career
Fieldsphysical chemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of Munich

Georg Zundel (May 17, 1931 – March 11, 2007) was a German physical chemist, tenured professor of biophysics at University of Munich, peace activist, environmentalist and philanthropist.

His father Georg was a painter and his mother was the daughter of the German industrialist Robert Bosch.

As a scientist, a physicist, he achieved a worldwide reputation for hydrogen bond research. He worked closely with colleagues from both the East and the West during the Cold War. He published 313 scientific papers during his academic career. A number of scientific discoveries in the area of hydrogen bonds carry Zundel's name, most notably:

Zundel cation

As an entrepreneur he founded the Berghof Laboratory of Physics and Technology in 1966, re-organised in 2003 as Zundel Holding GmbH + Co with four companies in different locations throughout Germany, active in the automation and environmental sectors.

As a philanthropist he established the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies in 1971, which soon came to play a defining role in the then-emerging field of peace research. The Foundation's main establishments are:

In this area, he was awarded the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, in 2003.


  • Autobiography: „Es muss viel geschehen!“ Berlin, Verlag für Wissenschafts- und Regionalgeschichte Dr. Michael Engel, 2006.

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