30. May 2022

The Institute of Mathematics is very sad to announce the sudden passing of Prof. Thomas Kappeler, aged 69, on May 30, 2022.

Thomas joined our institute in 1996. Since then he has deeply contributed to its scientific activities and he had a strong impact on several generations of students of mathematics at the University of Zurich. A leading expert in analysis, he has given fundamental contributions in bridging partial differential equations with infinite dimensional Hamiltonian systems and KAM theory.

In the last 25 years, Thomas has been very committed to the development of the Institute. Among his most important achievements, he co-founded and then he shaped and co-directed the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics, the joint program for PhD students in mathematics at the UZH and at ETH. Furthermore, Thomas co-founded and directed the Junior Euler Society, the outreach program of the Institute of Mathematics of UZH, offering classes to young pupils, stimulating their interest in mathematics.

Thomas will be deeply missed by his colleagues and friends at the Institute of Mathematics and around the world. The Institute of Mathematics wishes to express the deepest condolences and sympathy to his family in this time of grief.