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Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy mourns the passing of Prof. Dirk Schwalm,who died on the 14th July, 2016, at the age of 76. Dirk Schwalm was Full Professor of Experimental Physics at the Physikalisches Institut of Heidelberg University and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics. We lose in him an outstanding scientist of international standing, whose pioneering research extended from nuclear physics through atomic and molecular physics up to astrochemistry. Characteristic for his style of work was his uncompromising stance for high quality and integrity in the research produced. Taking the role of a benevolent mentor, he supported many young physicists on their paths to successful careers. As a dedicated teacher, he enthused generations of students in gaining a deep understanding of the fundamental physics laws governing nature. The Department of Physics and Astronomy will hold his memory as an exemplary researcher in science and university professor in honour. Prof. Matthias Weidemüller Dean, Department of Physics and Astronomy
The department of physics and astronomy is dedicated to a broadly laid-out programme of teaching and research. It feels itself committed to Humboldt's ideal of teaching rooted in research and sees its research programme an the borders of knowledge as a prerequisite for teaching and training its students at high quality.