Stefan Heinzel

Stefan Heinzel, Director of the Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF) passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

heinzel.jpgWe are shocked and deeply sad about the sudden death of our highly recognized director Stefan Heinzel. Our most sincere and deepest condolence is with his family.

Stefan Heinzel, one of the first computer scientists with a diploma from the Technical University of Munich, started his work in the Max Planck Society back in 1979 with the development of operating systems in the department of Computer Science of Prof. Friedrich Hertweck at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP).

1984 he changed to the Garching Computing Centre (RZG) of the MPG and the IPP for the development of front/end systems for HPC systems. During a research stay at SLAC (Stanford University) he developed an infrastructure for high energy physics experiments as in CERN and SLAC.

In 1993 he became director of RZG. From 2006 to 2009 he additionally was technical director of the German High Performance Computing Centre for Climate- and Earth System Research (DKRZ). As director, he led the Garching Computing Centre to world-wide importance and recognition. At the beginning of this millennium as co-initiator of the EU DEISA project and as coordinator of the EU DEISA2 project he substantially contributed to the deployment of a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, in close collaboration with the largest scientific computing centres in Europe. In addition he established the MPCDF in European data projects with prominent roles and expanded it to one of the word-wide leading academic data centres.

He has been deeply engaged in many national councils and international advisory boards. His vision and leadership combined with pragmatic approaches to find solutions in politically complex European contexts have been highly appreciated.

The institutes and scientists of the MPG and especially the MPCDF owe him a lot. We are grateful for his devoted engagement and will miss him and his expertise and competent advice.

The burial place is at "Alter Haidhauser Friedhof". 

In-memoriam notice / Traueranzeige in German in "Süddeutsche Zeitung".

Condolences are welcome in the electronic condolence book until September 23.

Donations can be made for the Brazilian charity "Instituto Humasol" (banking details).

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