Professor Hans-Peter Röser, Founder, Director and Manager of the Space Systems Institute at the University of Stuttgart, Loses Battle with Cancer.

December 14, 2015

Dr. Hans-Peter Röser died 8 December 2015 at his home in Aachen, Germany following a long battle with cancer. In 2007, Dr. Röser traveled to Baylor University to commemorate the signing of the now long-standing and successful memorandum of understanding between Baylor's Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research and the Space Systems Institute which he directed at the University of Stuttgart. Among the many accomplishments Dr. Röser inspired through this relationship are the continuous presence of Stuttgart faculty and graduate students at Baylor and ongoing collaborative dusty plasma research with the University of Stuttgart utilizing inductive plasma generators at both locations and GEC rf reference cells at Baylor. Additionally, the two universities exchange information relating to design and construction of student-built satellites.

The following announcement from the University of Stuttgart underscores the major impact Dr. Röser had on the University, Germany and the world during the course of his life:

The longtime director and manager of the Space Systems Institute at the University of Stuttgart, Professor Hans-Peter Röser, died on 8 December 2015. Professor Röser managed the Space Systems Institute from 2002 until February, 2014. He also was founder of the SOFIA Institute and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Space Center.

In February, 2015, the University hosted an international gathering with presentations on various space science topics in celebration of Professor Röser's 65th birthday. The University has lost an outstanding scientist and science manager.

The following is excerpted from comments made by Professor Wolfram Ressel, Chancellor of the University of Stuttgart:

The news of the death of Professor Hans-Peter Röser has caused deep sadness at the University of Stuttgart. All who had the great good fortune to know this charismatic personality have suffered a great loss. The University, its students and alumni have lost not only an outstanding teacher, scientist and science-manager, but we have especially lost a great man possessed of uncommon openness, humanity and shining strength of personality.

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