The Institute of Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology (INR) and the Helmholtz Programs FUSION, NUSAFE, ESD and MTET bid farewell to
Professor Dr.-Ing. Robert Stieglitz
who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on December 6, 2023 at the age of 58. Robert Stieglitz was appointed Director of the Institute of Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology in 2009.
He was a great person and internationally recognized scientist whose in-depth expertise and critical opinion were valued worldwide thanks to his broad knowledge in the areas of fusion research, nuclear technology and renewable energies.
With his friendly approach, his availability and especially his wealth of inspiration, he supported and motivated his colleagues, employees and cooperation partners. Robert Stieglitz was an enthusiastic scientist and university lecturer who enriched research and research-oriented teaching nationally and internationally. He promoted the merging of the KIT Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and large-scale research.
Our sympathy goes out to his family and relatives. We will always honor the memory of our Institute Director and colleague.
It was Professor Stieglitz’s wish that no flowers or wreaths be laid at his grave on his passing, but that a donation may be made to charities such as:
1) Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS):
Purpose: Condolence donation Prof. Dr. Robert Stieglitz, account holder: KIT Foundation, IBAN: DE81 6605 0101 0108 1662 24; BIC: KARSDE66XXX; Sparkasse Karlsruhe<
2) Children’s hospice service:
Purpose: Children’s hospice service, Condolence donation Prof. Dr. Robert Stieglitz, Account holder: Diakonisches Werk Karlsruhe, IBAN: DE03 6605 0101 0108 2061 37, BIC: KARSDE66XXX, Sparkasse Karlsruhe
Donors will receive a donation receipt if their name and address are included in the purpose of the transfer.
Dr. Victor H. Sanchez Espinoza
Deputy Director of the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology
Dr. Klaus Hesch, Spokesperson KIT Program FUSION
Dr. Walter Tromm, Spokesperson KIT Program NUSAFE
Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer, Spokesperson KIT Program ESD
Prof. Dr. Jörg Sauer, Spokesperson KIT Program MTET
Tributes from the Fusion Community
Tony Donné, EUROfusion Programme Manager:
“It is with great sadness that I learned about the passing away of Robert. Over the years he has given many important contributions to the work of EUROfusion and its predecessor organisations. Robert has shared his great insights with many colleagues. He always did that in a very friendly but at the same time serious way. Colleagues respected him for his vision and opinion. He was always approachable and willing to help. His passing away is a great loss for the fusion community at large. Robert will stay forever in our memories. I wish his family, friends and colleagues much strength in coping with this loss.”
“Robert Stieglitz was a cornerstone in the realm of fusion technology R&D, especially noted for his significant contributions to the development of the Tritium Breeding Blanket, an essential component of fusion power plants. His expertise and visionary leadership in this crucial field were unparalleled. Robert’s profound insights and guidance, vital in driving forward this challenging area of development, will be deeply missed.”
In remembrance of Robert Stieglitz, a distinguished colleague and friend, I reflect on his significant contributions to the field of fusion technology. I had the honour of participating in Robert’s appointment as Head of the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology (INR) at the Research Centre of Karlsruhe and as Chair of Fusion Technology and Reactor Engineering (IFR) at the University of Karlsruhe in 2008. His exceptional qualifications and dedication were evident from the start, making him a vital asset to KIT and the European fusion program.
Robert’s role as a key supporter and contributor to the fusion program in Europe over the past decade is undeniable. His efforts to advance KIT and fusion technology were remarkable, and his untimely loss leaves a profound void in the field, felt deeply by his family and colleagues alike.
Renowned for his fairness, gentlemanly demeanour, and generosity, Robert was a true leader, always ready to listen, assist, and take on challenging responsibilities. His wisdom and constructive approach significantly influenced our professional relationship, marked by mutual respect despite occasional differences in opinion.
Robert’s legacy will be deeply missed, and his memory will continue to inspire and guide us. His impact on our lives and the field of fusion technology remains indelible.”