Martin Schütz

14.11.1963 - 25.02.2018

Martin Schütz was born in 1963 in Burgdorf (Switzerland).  He received his doctoral degree in physical chemistry from the University of Bern in 1993, under the supervision of Samuel Leutwyler.  In his thesis, he investigated vibronic effects in hydrate clusters.  In his first postdoctoral position in Lund, with Bjorn Roos and Roland Lindh, Martin worked on direct Hartree-Fock and MP2 techniques, for which they were awarded the SUP'Prize 1996.  After that, he moved to Stuttgart to work with Hans-Joachim Werner on local correlation methods, getting his habilitation in 2001.  In 2004 he was appointed as Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Regensburg.  In 2016 he was appointed Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, as a successor of Joachim Sauer.  Martin Schütz sadly passed away on 25th February 2018 surrounded by his family at the age of 54.

Scientifically Martin Schütz will be remembered for, amongst other things, his groundbreaking contributions to the quantum chemistry of extended systems.  He was one of the first to achieve linear scaling in local correlation methods, which allow for quantitatively accurate first-principles description of large molecules.  He later extended the local methodology to the treatment of excited states and periodic systems, resulting in the first periodic post-Hartree-Fock method applicable to complex 3D solids.  These fields continue to be very active areas of research, and this workshop demonstrates the breadth and impact of this methodology.

Martin was known to his friends and colleagues as a thoughtful and caring person, who will be deeply missed.