Obituary Prof. Dr. Kurt Binder

On 27 September, Prof. Kurt Binder, former Chair and longstanding member of the Scientific Council of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) at Forschungszentrum Jülich passed away at the age of 78. Prof. Binder was born 10 February 1944 in Korneuburg, Austria. He studied physics at the University of Vienna, Austria, and became one of the most renowned Austrian physicists of his generation. Between 1977 and 1983, he was head of the Theory of Soft-Matter Physics and Biophysics subinstitute (IFF-2) at Forschungszentrum Jülich. He was appointed a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Höchstleistungsrechenzentrum (HLRZ) in Jülich in 1987. He maintained a close connection with the HLRZ and its successor, the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC). In 2001, Kurt Binder and Friedel Hoßfeld, the former head of the JSC predecessor Central Institute for Applied Mathematics, chaired the international Conference on Computational Physics (CCP2001), which strengthened the ties between the computational sciences and the supercomputer facility in Jülich. Kurt Binder became Deputy Chair of the NIC Scientific Council in 2011 and was Chair of the NIC Council and Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) between 2012 and 2017.

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre and its partner institutions in NIC and GCS mourn the loss of Prof. Kurt Binder and would like to express their deepest condolences to Prof. Binder's family.

Contact: NIC coordination office

Prof. Dr. Kurt Binder at the NIC Symposium 2016
Prof. Dr. Kurt Binder at the NIC Symposium 2016
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

from JSC News No. 292, 2 November 2022

Last Modified: 16.01.2023