prof.dr. Jaap G. Snijders

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It took me 5 months before I had the courage to check this web-site. Jaap was my oldest brother, but alsi a very good friend. I still find it very difficult to accept that he passed a way. It is impressive to read all the warm memories from collegue's and friends. It really helps to cope with the sorrow to know that he was a much appreciated man in both his professional and personal life. Thank you all for this on behalf of Jaap's family / relatives. Daan Snijders
Daan Snijders <>
Apeldoorn, Nederland - Friday, January 02, 2004 at 16:06:33 (CET)
I was shocked to learn of the death of Jaap Snijders. I only met Jaap once many years ago when we collaborated on a paper published in 1982, but I have always thought of him as a friend since that time. Deep condolences to his family and colleagues.
russell egdell <>
oxford, UK - Friday, December 12, 2003 at 21:06:03 (CET)
When I checked the SCM website, I was very saddened to know the news about Prof. Jaap Snijders. I met him at the beginning of this year. It seems that his health appeared to be quite good at that time. I feel very sad that such a nice and brilliant scientist passed away so early.
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Kyoto, JP - Friday, October 17, 2003 at 09:44:12 (CEST)
Zoekend naar wat info over een oud-collega, was ik verbaasd om niet meer de naam van Jaap te zien als leider van de vakgroep. Het spijt me erg te moeten ontdekken dat hij recentelijk is overleden. Ik wens de familie sterkte toe en dat ze nog vele fijne herinneringen aan hem mogen aanhalen. Ik hoop dat de huidige collega's nog veel werk mogen publiceren waarin zijn hand herkenbaar is.
Roger Erens <>
Maastricht, Nederland - Monday, October 13, 2003 at 22:51:49 (CEST)
I was trying to look up recent publications of Jaap and I was shocked to learn of his passing away in mid-August! It is a great loss to the world of theoretical chemistry and Jaap would be missed at International and national Congresses, meetings, seminars and Colloquia, as he had popularized theoretical chemistry across the continents. I was fortunate to have met Jaap and his beloved wife on various occasions during my visit to The Netherlands and abroad.Jaap was an excellent scientist as well as a very thorough gentleman and very warm and kind human being. May his soul rest in peace. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Greete and we pray that she bear this calamity through the Grace of Almighty. Gulzari
Gulzari Malli <>
Burnaby, B.C, V5A 1S6, Canada - Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 22:39:25 (CEST)
Our community has lost a great scientist and human being. Carl-Olof Almbladh
Carl-Olof Almbladh <>
Lund, Sweden - Tuesday, September 09, 2003 at 13:44:41 (CEST)
Jaap ik vond je een geweldige lieve man, ik mis je nu al.
Birte Wolff <>
almere, Nederland - Saturday, September 06, 2003 at 17:54:58 (CEST)
I got to know Jaap in 1968. We studied Chemistry together and already at that time he was the best. We sailed together, travelled Europe together (in one of his Fiat 500's), drank beer together in 'de Oude Herberg', drummed on 'het drumstel op het spui' in the middle of the night together, spent lonely Christmasses together (because everybody else had gone away) and my first scientific publication was together with Jaap (I think it was his first one too). He was the best. I'll miss him very much.
Harry Ronde <>
Helsinki, Finland - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 08:52:02 (CEST)
It was a shock to me to hear of the unexpected death of Jaap Snijders. I got to know Jaap in 1984 when I started my Ph. D. work at the theoretical chemistry group at the Vrije universiteit in Amsterdam. Jaap was my inofficial supervisor, but he meant so much more. For him science was a state of mind, and increasing his knowledge, in whatever field, was a way of life. His mind was never at rest, neither allowed his environment much rest, and he impressed with his quick and sharp insights. I feel it is a privilege to have known him, and, especially, have worked with him.
Thijs Holleboom <>
Karlstad, Sweden - Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 21:14:11 (CEST)
Jaap Snijders has worked in the Theoretical Chemistry group of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam for 22 years, from 1975 till 1997. I have known him all that time, and I have very fond memories of his wit, his sharp intellect, his enthousiasm, his cordiality. The years of his Ph. D. work were a great time, with intense work mixed with hilarious conversation. Coffee breaks with Jaap could go anywhere from the most philosophical or (anti)religious talk to sheer fun. Jaap loved life, people, fun. His scientific erudition was astonishing, as was his great practical skill at both mathematical and computational technique. What Jaap loved, he loved passionately, and what he hated he hated vigorously. He made that known in no uncertain terms, diplomacy was not one of his talents. Unfortunately, and over the years increasingly, he could antagonize people. I feel Jaap’s death as a great loss. After such a long and close relationship, it is like a death in the family. Jaap made people share his feelings; when lucky he would make people around him happy; when unhappy himself, he would radiate the gloom to his surroundings. He lived his live with unrelenting intensity. It breaks our heart that this life has ended so prematurely.
Evert Jan Baerends <>
Amsterdam, Nederland - Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 11:10:06 (CEST)
I was very shocked and saddened to hear about Jaap's sudden demise. As my Ph.D. supervisor (together with Evert-Jan Baerends) he always impressed me with the depth and breadth of his knowledge - also outside of science - and he constantly inspired me to look deeper and further. In my present function at SCM, we (I am sure I speak on behalf of my colleagues and the vast majority of ADF and BAND developers and users) can only be grateful for his many valuable contributions to these software packages, both directly, and indirectly through his many students, postdocs and collaborators. I will always remember his good sense of humour and his loud laugh.
Stan van Gisbergen <>
Amsterdam, Nederland - Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 10:55:49 (CEST)
I was deeply saddened by the sudden death of Prof. Jaap Snijders. He left us with a long lasting legacy as a world-class scientist, a dedicated teacher and a great friend. He was one of the most generous, warmhearted true gentlemen I know. He will be dearly missed by many of us who were fortunate enough to have worked with him. My deep condolence and thoughts go to his family, relatives and the members of his theoretical chemistry group.
Hansong Cheng <>
Allentown, USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 19:35:20 (CEST)
I have been greatly shocked and saddened by the unfortunate news of the passing away of Prof. Snijders. I met him in 1994 and his kindness and enthusiasm is very impressive. He is a great theoretical chemist and he will be missed very much by his friends, collaborators, and colleagues all over the world! God bless him and his family!
Jun Li <>
Richland, USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 01:35:49 (CEST)
I was deeply saddened by the news of the untimely death of Jaap. I will remember his love for science and the good things in life including the internet bridge site stepbridge, where we sometimes teamed up. My condolances go to his family and those who had the pleasure of working with him.
rob zijlstra
Kenley, UK - Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 11:03:23 (CEST)
I was shocked to learn the sad news about Prof. Dr. Jaap G. Snijders. Please express my sympathy and solicitude to his wife and relatives. The world lost an excellent scientist and I lost a sincere friend. My sadness is beyond expression.
Kechen WU <>
Fuzhou, Fujian , CHINA - Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 10:47:48 (CEST)
I was very saddened to hear the news about Jaap Snijders. I will miss his friendly and easy way of collaboration, his insight into scientific problems, and his sense of humour. He was a good friend and an excellent scientist---I will miss collaborating with him greatly.
John Dyke <>
Southampton, U.K. - Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 09:11:54 (CEST)
Veel te jong, we hadden nog zoveel dingen te doen en bespreken..
Marcel Swart <>
Amersfoort, Nederland - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 20:56:43 (CEST)
We are deeply hurt by the loss of our professor, colleague and friend prof. dr. Jaap G. Snijders. His sense of humour, and his remarkable scientific creativity have left an ever-lasting impression. We will miss him. We wish Greetje and all those who were dear to him lots of strenght. The members and old-members of Theoretical Chemistry: Alex, Alexandrina, Arjan, Freddie, Henriet, Johan, Lasse, Liviu, Marcel, Meta, Nienke, Nils, Paul, Piet, Pina, Ria, Robert, Rosanna, Thomas, Wim
Paul L. de Boeij <>
Groningen, Nederland - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 19:56:59 (CEST)