Helmut Krawinkler, the John A. Blume Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Stanford University and a leading expert in structural design and earthquake engineering, died on 16 April 2012, just a few days after his 72nd birthday. Helmut had been diagnosed with a brain tumor less than three months earlier, and under the loving care of his wife Michele, he remained optimistic and in good spirits throughout his cancer treatment.

Helmut was born in Innsbruck, Austria, on 6 April 1940, where he grew up in the shadow of World War II and graduated from the Vienna University of Technology in 1964....

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