The Institute of Mechanics and Computational Mechanics grieves for
Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Dr.-Ing. h.c. mult. Erwin Stein.
Prof. Stein has been chair of the institute from 1971 till 1998, he reshaped it to its new name in 1998. His scientific activity had huge impact in national and international scientific communities. Numerous and often cited publications, membership in the editorial board of a number of highly rated scientific journals, several high prizes given from scientific communities and governments and a number of honoris causa doctoral degrees from universities from all over the word underline the outstanding personality of Prof. Stein in the scientific world.
He guided in total 57 talented scientists for her PhD (Dr.-Ing.) Graduation and 6 for Habilitation. Many of themselves got professors at German Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. In summary, the school he established at Hannover is seen as the seed on computational mechanics in Germany.
Still after his retirement, Prof. Stein has been very active. Besides the research in his core scientific discipline, computational mechanics, he increased his activities with regard to research on Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz His activities fostered the renaming of the University Hannover into Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover in 2006. Prof. Stein established the permanent Leibniz Exhibition in the main building of the university and provided guided tours through the exhibition.
Until his last days, Prof. Stein has been working in his office at the institute. His door has always been open for discussions with the members of the institute.
The scientific community has lost an outstanding research, we are missing a good friend, colleague and mentor.
Our condolence goes to his family and relatives.
We will retain Prof. Stein in good memory.
Udo Nackenhorst and the coworker of IBNM