Volker Heine

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Volker Heine
1968 Feb 11
Born (1930-09-19) September 19, 1930 (age 88)
Hamburg, Germany
Alma materUniversity of Otago
Scientific career
FieldsCondensed matter physics
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Doctoral advisorNevill Francis Mott
Doctoral studentsPeter Littlewood, John Pendry

Volker Heine FRS (born 19 September 1930 in Hamburg, Germany) is a New Zealand-British physicist.

He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and the University of Otago, then the University of Cambridge from which he obtained his PhD in physics (1956) as student of Sir Nevill Mott. The following year he obtained a Fellowship at Clare College and became part of the new theory Group in the Cavendish Laboratory. The Group was then headed by John Ziman. In 1975 Heine became a Professor, and the Head of the theory group, by then called the Theory of Condensed Matter group. He held that position until his retirement in 1997.[1]

His main area of research was electronic structure theory, and particularly pseudopotentials.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. Awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize in 1972 and the Max Born Prize in 2001. He currently (2016) retains a desk in his old research group.[2]


  1. ^ "History of TCM' retrieved 7 August 2016
  2. ^ "Volker Heine" at TCM, showing an office number as of August 2016

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