Peter M. Rentzepis


Peter Michael Rentzepis (born 11 December 1934) is a Greek-born American physical chemist.

Peter M. Rentzepis
Born (1934-12-11) 11 December 1934 (age 87)
Kalamata, Greece
Alma mater
Scientific career
FieldsPhysical chemistry
Doctoral advisorMartin Ryle[1]
Notable studentsVilly Sundström

A native of Kalamata born on 11 December 1934,[2] Rentzepis attended the 1st Lykion in his hometown and graduated from Denison University and Syracuse University in the United States before pursuing a doctorate at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, graduating in 1963.[3][4] Rentzepis, who joined Bell Labs in 1963, after two years at General Electric,[5] led the physical and inorganic chemistry research department at Bell between 1973 and 1985, and taught at University of California, Irvine from 1974 to 2014,[3] serving in a presidential chair professorship from 1985.[4]  In 2014, Rentzepis was appointed TEES Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University.[3]

He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1972,[6] and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1978.[7][8] He won the 1982 Peter Debye Award from the American Chemical Society,[9] followed in 1989 by the Irving Langmuir Award from the American Physical Society,[10] and in 2001 by the Tolman Award of the ACS Southern California Section.[4]


  1. ^ Peter M. Rentzepis at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ American Men and Women of Science, Thomson Gale 2004.
  3. ^ a b c "Peter M. Rentzepis". Marquis Who's Who Top Educators. 20 September 2017.
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  5. ^ "Peter M. Rentzepis". Texas A&M University. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". American Physical Society. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. ^ "60 scientists named to national academy". The New York Times. 30 April 1978. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Peter M. Rentzepis". United States National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  10. ^ "American Physical Society presents awards to four". Physics Today. 24 (6): 69. 1973. doi:10.1063/1.3128026.