Obituary – Professor Dr. phil. Heinrich Kurz

Professor Dr. phil. Heinrich KurzFilled with consternation we take leave of Professor Dr. phil. Heinrich Kurz who passed away on March 12th, 2016 at the age of 72.

Professor Kurz was an exceptional person with impressive achievements in science and in the organization of science.

After obtaining his doctoral degree in 1971 at the University of Vienna he worked for 10 years at the Philips Research Laboratories in Hamburg. He joined the group of Professor Nicolaas Bloembergen at Harvard University from 1981 to 1984 before he became Professor of Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University in 1984. Three years later, in 1987 he received the “Alfried-Krupp-Förderpreis” Award in ultrafast optoelectronics for young university lecturers.

From 1990 to 2011 he headed the Institute of Semiconductor Electronics at RWTH Aachen University. His research activities span a broad spectrum including femtosecond spectroscopy, optoelectronics, terahertz applications and nanoelectronics.

He was a visionary leader, a great manager and organizer. He was also a person who could truly motivate and inspire people.

Our thoughts are with his family.

On behalf of all employees

Universitätsprofessor Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Knoch                   Dr. rer. nat. Karl Wolter

Head of Institute of Semiconductor Electronics                        Academic Director