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All of us at CERM are deeply saddened for the loss of Heinz Rueterjans (1936-2020)


Heinz Rueterjans, Emeritus Professor of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Frankfurt, was a pioneer in the field of structural biology. His profound knowledge ranged from X-ray and Neutron diffraction to NMR. And it is his deep involvement in NMR for structural biology which makes the strongest link to CERM. He, together with Rob Kaptein and Ivano Bertini, started the tradition of transnational access to NMR infrastructure that cast the grounds for the development of biomolecular NMR as we know it today.  His methodological contributions are in the development of isotopic labeling techniques, semi-automated assignment and many other methods that have the common denominator of being user-oriented, to popularize the use of NMR. His contributions to structural biology are countless, for instance in flavin-dependent enzymes.
His connection to Florence was very strong and came here on numerous occasions for scientific meetings, including the WWMR2010. 
On a personal note, we fondly remember him for the deepness of his thought, his strong personality and his effort in developing a consciousness about the potential of structural biology and community-building.

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