After studying mathematics in Tübingen and London, Frank Lutz received his doctorate from TU Berlin in 1999. For his dissertation "Triangulated Manifolds with Few Vertices and Vertex-Transitive Group Actions", he was awarded the Richard-Rado Prize of the Discrete Mathematics Section of the German Mathematical Society (DMV) the following year. He habilitated at the TU Berlin in 2005 on the subject of "Constructive, Enumerative, and Randomized Methods in Computational Topology". After working in Berkeley, Dortmund, Cottbus and Copenhagen, Frank Lutz returned to TU Berlin in 2014. As a lecturer, he was passionately committed to the lecture series "Computer-oriented Mathematics", always with an open ear for the students. He devoted his research to combinatorial topology and its applications. As part of the MATH+ Cluster of Excellence, he led the project "The Structure within Disordered Cellular Materials".
In Frank Lutz, we have lost a passionate teacher, a highly motivated researcher, a caring person and, for many of us, a very good friend.
Our thoughts are with his family.