Theoretical Chemistry was part of Physical Chemistry in former times. Since 1971, it was
planned to found a new Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, however, this idea failed because no
place was available for the new institute. Some years later, when there was a free place because
the preclinical institutes had got a new building, again the foundation of this
institute was planned, and in 1978,
(born 1939 in Freising/Bavaria)
was appointed as the first head of this new institute. He studied theoretical physics in
Giessen and got here his doctoral degree in 1967. In 1973 he obtained the venia at the institute
of theoretical chemistry in Stuttgart
(IR activity of hydrogen bondings). His research deals with quantum
chemical calculations of spectroscopic properties of molecules and its reactivity properties .
In his era, two chemists got the venia docendi:
(born 1952 in Graz) got his doctoral degree in 1978 as student of Sterk.
In 1990 he obtained the venia for theoretical chemistry.
His research deals with calculations on small silicon-hydrogen molecules and amorphous silicon hydrides.
(born 1954 in Gleisdorf/Styria, +2007 in Graz) got his doctoral degree as student of Sterk.
In 1989 he obtained the venia for theoretical chmemistry.