The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy mourns the loss of Karlheinz Meier

October 29, 2018

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) is mourning the passing of its long-time chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier, who died unexpectedly on 24 October.

Karlheinz Meier was an internationally very renowned and outstanding scientist in the field of experimental physics, who initially worked mainly in the field of elementary particle physics and at times also at DESY and CERN. In the new millennium, he turned mainly to the conception of novel neural computer architectures and was one of the initiators of the European Human Brain Project (HBP) in 2010.

Karlheinz Meier was a full professor at the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at the University of Heidelberg, which owes its foundation in 1999 in particular to his initiation.  

Since 2009, Prof. Meier has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the MPIA and its chairman for several years. With Karlheinz Meier, science not only loses an extraordinary physicist and colleague, but especially the MPIA and our Board of Trustees also a valuable supporter, advisor and friend.

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