Frank Neese was born on December 13, 1967 in Germany, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Konstanz, in 1997. In 1998 he did a Postdoctoral Degree at Stanford University. Between 2001 and 2006, he was group leader of the Max Planck Institute for radiation chemistry. Between 2006 and 2011, he was Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Bonn, and in 2013 became Honorary Professor at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität of Bonn.
Since 2018, he has been Director and Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and his research focuses on the computation of electronic molecule structures and is the lead author of the quantum chemistry computer program ORCA. He received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2010. He is member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.