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Farewell to Professor Dr. Reimar Lüst

Professor Dr. Reimar Lüst died on March 31, 2020.

Professor Dr. Reimar Lüst died on March 31, 2020. (Photo: Jacobs University)

Professor Dr. Reimar Lüst, was a great researcher, a visionary and a pioneering leader in science policy, his death has come as a great loss. Reimar Lüst died on 31 March 2020 aged 97. As a Scientific Member, Reimar Lüst played a key role from 1960 onwards in designing and shaping research at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics, as it was then called.

His research focused on the solar system and space travel. One of his experiments, with which he made a name for himself even early on, was designed to measure solar wind with the aid of artificial comets. This branch of research soon led to the founding of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, with Reimar Lüst as its founding Director.

In 1972, he was elected President of the Max Planck Society, an office that he held for twelve years. Under his decisive, passionate leadership, the Max Planck Society became more modern and democratic, without abandoning its basic principles.

We say farewell to Reimar Lüst in deep gratitude for his life work, and will honor his memory.