UK Nonlinear News Issue 67, Jun 2012

Thomas Wagenknecht

Dr Thomas Wagenknecht, Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, University of Leeds, died suddenly in early May 2012.
Thomas was born in 1974 in Kharkiv (Ukraine) and read Mathematics at the Technical University of Ilmenau, in Germany. He remained at Ilmenau for his doctoral studies on Homoclinic Bifurcations in Reversible Systems, gaining his doctorate magna cum laude at the end of 2003.
Thomas came to the UK at the beginning of 2004 to take up a research position in dynamics and numerical analysis in the Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamics Engineering at the University of Bristol. In January 2006, Thomas moved to the University of Manchester for a second post-doctoral research position.
Thomas came to Leeds as a Lecturer in the School of Mathematics in October 2007. From the outset, he settled harmoniously into his new environment. Centred on the application of dynamical systems and bifurcation theory to problems in physics and engineering, his research continued to flourish within the stimulating atmosphere of the School's Applied Nonlinear Dynamics research group. In recent years, his interests turned to the new area of dynamics on complex networks, bringing others along with him with his infectious enthusiasm. He was a lucid and penetrating speaker at seminars and scientific meetings. Enviably bilingual, open-minded and a generous collaborator, Thomas was ideally suited to the needs of interdisciplinary research. His excellence as a communicator, his availability to spend time carefully explaining mathematical concepts, and his ready wit all made him popular with his students. He was a highly valued and respected colleague, always willing to help. His many friends enjoyed, among his many other qualities, his sense of humour and his affection for British culture and idiom.
This notice has also appeared in the London Mathematical Society Newsletter issue 417 (September 2012). A further notice, written by Juergen Knobloch, can be found in the Dynamical Systems Magazine.

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