In Memoriam Paul Kienle (1931-2013)

With the passing of Paul Kienle, former Director of the Stefan Meyer Institute, we lost an eminent scientist and pioneer in subatomic physics. He left us on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, few days after finishing his last scientific paper.

His vision to create new tools for the future is shown nicely by the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), now under construction, which is becoming one of the largest research facilities in the world, triggered by Paul Kienle during his directorship at GSI.

During his stay in Vienna, as the director of the Stefan Meyer Institute (SMI) from 2002 – 2004, he initiated and attended many exciting and fruitful physics meetings. We quickly learned to appreciate his broad knowledge and his passion in discussing ongoing and new physics projects.

It was a great privilege for us to work together with Paul Kienle and we like to express our gratitude for his tremendous impact to modern nuclear science, which was also extremely important for our Institute. We admire his enthusiasm in creating new methods and in triggering the work on new technologies to solve open problems in physics.We will miss the exciting and interesting discussions with him!

His open-mindedness and his creativity will be missed by all!