In Memoriam Willem Hundsdorfer

With sadness, we let you know that our colleague Prof. Willem Hundsdorfer passed away on Friday 10 November, at the age of 63. Since 1984 Willem had been affiliated with CWI; first in the Numerical Mathematics department, where he built up an international reputation. Since 2002, he had been part of the Multiscale Dynamics research group, where he shared his expertise for developing simulations of electric discharges that by now are widely recognized.

Publication date: 13-11-2017

With sadness, we let you know that our colleague Prof. Willem Hundsdorfer passed away on Friday 10 November, at the age of 63.

Since 1984 Willem had been affiliated with CWI. He started in the Numerical Mathematics department, where he built up an international reputation; he continued his fundamental research in this field until now. Since 2002, he had been part of the Multiscale Dynamics research group at CWI, where he shared his expertise for developing simulations of electric discharges that by now are widely recognized. Since 2009, he had also been a full professor in part-time at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.

Willem Hundsdorfer was a sharp and driven researcher, and he acted as journal editor and conference organizer. He was a social and caring person for the PhD students and colleagues, with a fine humour and a tendency to understatement. He was head of CWI’s works council twice, and he had been CWI’s internal person of trust for 12 years. We will miss him deeply.

The ceremony before the cremation will take place on Thursday 16 November 2017 at 2 P.M. at the auditorium (aula) of crematorium Westerveld, Duin- en Kruidbergerweg 2-6, 1985 HG Driehuis, near IJmuiden (directions: https://www.bc-westerveld.nl/directions). After the ceremony condolences can be offered to the family at De IJmond Brasserie en Restaurant, Seinpostweg 40, 1976 BT IJmuiden. Please send an e-mail to pd@cwi.nl if you want to be there for a final good-bye, so the family knows how many people to expect.

For a gift instead of flowers you could make a donation to: Hospice C’est La Vie, bank account number NL46 RBRB 0930 6654 14 of the Stichting Vrienden van C’est La Vie-Huis ’t Gooi in Bussum.  (The family would prefer a donation.)

For electronic condolences, please contact pd@cwi.nl for the URI and password.