Göran Grimvall received his Ph.D. in solid-state theory in 1969 from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. Since 1977, he has been full professor of theoretical physics at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the author of many books, both on popular physics and on solid-state physics. Among them Thermophysical Properties of Materials (North-Holland, 1999). His areas of interest include thermal and transport properties of metals and alloys.
An old problem in solid-state physics is the difficulty of theory to account accurately for the heat capacity of solids close to their melting points. Ab initio calculations that can now better reconcile theory with experiment are poised to make such accurate predictions about new materials, it may not even be necessary to grow them.