The working group TGI grieves for Manfred Kudlek.
Prof. Dr. Manfred Kudlek,
has left us this week. He passed away on June
18, 2012 when participating the Turing Centenary Conference
England, suddenly and unexpected.
Manfred has been a Professor in the field
of theoretical informatics. His research has focused on formal languages,
calendar systems and linguistics. After his Abitur at a Hamburg
secondary-school he finished his studies in physics by a diploma (Thesis:
Streutheorie für relativistische Teilchen mit Spin 1/2) und a PhD-thesis
(Das relativistische Dreikörperproblem mit gebundenen Zuständen). After some
positions in linguistics and physics he started his teaching and research in
informatics as a lecturer (1970) and since 1977 as a professor at the
university of Hamburg. In teaching he covered almost all areas of
theoretical informatics. His list of publications shows more than 200
entries. His focus in research were the theory of minimal Turing machines,
Lindenmayer systems, non-standard Chomsky grammars, calculi for concurrent
systems and Petri nets.
A number of his publications did appear together
with foreign colleagues, in particular from eastern Europe, which he
frequently visited and also invited them to come to Hamburg. In 2002 he
became a honorary professor at the university of Iaşi, Romania.
preference for traveling and scientific meetings is also reflected by the
numerous reports from such conferences, much of them published in the
Manfred had a very special relation to EATCS. He was the only person who has attended
all ICALPs. It is even mentioned in the "Guidelines for ICALP Conferences" that the
conference has to cover Manfred's registration fee.He pleased the EATCS community
by his pictures,his reports about conferences and by the representation of buttons
during each general assembly to the most successful ICALP authors.
These activities did not stop with his retirement as a professor in
2005. Therefore and due to his likable personalty and permanent readiness to
help others we will miss him. On September 25 he would have reached the age
A special volume of Fundamenta Informaticae is dedicated to the memory
of Manfred Kudlek
(Volume 129, Number 1-2 / 2014).
Obituary for Manfred Kudlek, read at the closing ceremony for CiE 2012 in Cambridge, June 23 2012.
(by Peter van Emde Boas)
Emails should be sent to:
Letter of condolence could be sent to the following adress:
c/o Fachbereich Informatik