In memoriam: Klaus-Dieter Asmus, professor emeritus of chemistry

Author: Michael O. Garvey

In memoriam: Klaus-Dieter Asmus

Klaus-Dieter Asmus, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and former director of the University’s Radiation Laboratory, died Oct. 6 in Berlin, Germany. He was 74 years old.

A native of Breslau, Germany, Asmus held master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from Technical University in Berlin, where he worked as a research scientist and chair of the radiation chemistry department in the Hahn-Meitner Institute and served on the Technical University faculty from 1974 to 1995, when he came to Notre Dame. He served as director of the Radiation Laboratory from 1995 to 1998 and continued to teach at Notre Dame until his retirement in 2009. In addition to his teaching, Asmus did internationally renowned and award-winning research in radiation chemistry, free radical chemistry and physical organic chemistry; published numerous articles on those subjects; and was co-author of a seminal textbook, “Radical Reaction Rates in Liquids.”

In 1970, Asmus married Sibylle Hahn, who survives with their daughter, Ariane, and son, Christopher.

A funeral service will be held Nov. 1 (Thursday) in the Waldfriedhof/Wannsee cemetery in Berlin.

Condolences may be sent to: Sibylle Asmus, Rolandstr. 5, 14129 Berlin, Germany