Helmut Schwarz

Helmut Schwarz (born 6 August 1943) is a German organic chemist. He has been a professor of chemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin since 1978, and president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation since January 2008.[1] In 2018, he was elected a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Helmut Schwarz
Born(1943-08-06)August 6, 1943
Known formass spectrometry
AwardsThomson Medal
Scientific career
InstitutionsTechnische Universität Berlin
Doctoral advisorFerdinand Bohlmann


Helmut Schwarz first learned to be a chemical technician and then went on to study chemistry in Berlin Chemie. He completed his studies in 1971 and obtained his PhD in 1972 and his Habilitation in 1974 under Ferdinand Bohlmann. He pursued post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in the UK, after which he became a professor at the TU Berlin in 1978. Schwarz studies chemical reactions, specifically gas phase chemistry of ionic and radical organic species. He is furthermore working on advancing the analytical capabilities of mass spectrometry.

From 2010 to 2015 he was president of the German Academy of Researchers Leopoldina and he is a member of acatech.

Honors and memberships

Schwarz was an editor of the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry from 1983 to 2010 and between 1990 and 1994 he was editor of Chemischen Berichte. He was part of the editorial board of Mass Spectrometry Reviews from 1990 to 2003, of Helvetica Chimica Acta (1990 to 2002), and of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (2007 to 2015).

He is a member of the following societies

He has received numerous awards and honors, among them


  1. "The President". Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  2. TU Berlin: Bundesverdienstkreuz für Helmut Schwarz; Presseinformation vom 9. Februar 2012.


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