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We regret to inform you of the passing of:

- 29 August 2016: Hermann Strub, Germany, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 19 June 2016: Horst Rauck, Germany, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 18 April 2016: Dietrich Rex, Germany, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 14 April 2016: Liang Si-Li, China, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 07 April 2016: Herve Moulin, France, member of Social Sciences section

- 25 March 2016: Martti Tiuri, Finland, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 19 March 2016: Angelo Miele, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 26 January 2016: Makoto Igarashi, Japan, member of Life Sciences section


Obituary year 2015 is available in the History Section of the website



 IAA Academician Hermann A.E. Strub (M 2)29 August 2016: Hermann Strub, Germany, member of Engineering Sciences section

He was Director General, Head of Basic Research, Research Coordination, International Cooperation, Federal Ministry for Research and Technology (BMFT), Bonn, Germany. He was Deputy Director General, Head of Life Science Programs BMFT. He was also Deputy Director General, Head of Aerospace Programs BMFT. Before that he was Head of Sections (Space and Aeronautical Programs, Research and Technology, Materials, Energy, Propulsion). He was scientist, direct conversion of nuclear energy into electricity, plasma physics, heat pipes, Joint Research Center of the European Communities (EURATOM), Ispra, Italy. He was assistant Professor at the Technical University of Karlsruhe. He was Officer of the French Legion of Honour and first class Cross of Merit, Germany. He acted as IAA Regional Secretary for Germany. He was elected Corresponding Member in 1989 and Full Member in 1992 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 IAA Academician Horst Rauck (M 2)19 June 2016: Horst Rauck, Germany, member of Engineering Sciences section

Born on May 22, 1938 in Offenbach am Main, Horst Rauck studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt. He joined the newly founded space division of MAN-Turbo. In 1969, he became head of energy and space technology. He served as a member of the Executive Board, and then chair, MAN Technologie AG. In 2002 he moved to the Supervisory Board of MAN Technologie where he stayed until the company was sold to OHB/Apollo Capital Partners in 2005. His duties at MAN included the development and early production of the gas centrifuge for uranium enrichment, renewable energy systems and the Ariane launcher family, which brought him into close contact with French industry. From 1987 to 2003 he also was at the Arianespace board.
Horst Rauck was also a Vice-Chair of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Senate. From 1991 to 2003, he acted as co-chair of the German-Russian council of cooperation in aerospace. He was appointed Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2000.
 IAA Academician Dietrich Rex 18 April 2016: Dietrich Rex, Germany, member of Engineering Sciences section

Prof. Rex was a member of the German Delegation to the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He was the Chairman of the Space Debris Working Group/Advisory Group of ESA, Germany. He lectured on space technology and orbital mechanics, conducted researches into space power systems, satellite re-entry, reliability; he initiated the concentrating solar generator concept currently under industrial development. He was widely recognized as the leading European expert in the space debris field including orbital mechanics and on the safety aspects of nuclear power in space. Author of more than 50 publications. He was elected Corresponding Member in 1989 and Full Member in 1993 of the International Academy of Astronautics.

 Academician Liang Si-Li (IAA M2)14 April 2016: Liang Si-Li, China, member of Engineering Sciences section

Prof. Liang Si-Li was one of the founders of China space industry and was a famous expert in launch vehicle control system. He served as the consultant of Science and Technology Committee of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. He has served as the Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Rocket Technology, the Chief Engineer of the Ministry of Astronautics, the vice chairman and consultant of the science and technology council of China National Space Administration. He has been the technical leader of the missile control system technology in China. As the deputy Chief Designer of the long range ground-ground missile and Long March II launch vehicle, he was the first to adopt inertial platform on board computer guidance system. He was elected as Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was elected Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1987.

 Academician Herve Moulin (IAA M4)07 April 2016: Herve Moulin, France, member of Social Sciences section

He was Managing Director and owner of the Hervé Moulin International (HMI) Company, Paris, France specialized in Space Information and Documentation Consulting (for space agencies and for space industries through press clippings and reports). He had a lifetime interest in space flights and was the founder of the "Club Spatial International". He has worked for SEREB / Aerospatiale with a technical documentation team and has been closely involved in space education in France. He was a member of the IAA Committee on History and he has published many papers on rocketry and history of astronautics (like the “IAA History Symposium – General Index, 1967-2000”). He was elected Corresponding Member in 1995 and Full Member in 2000 of the International Academy of Astronautics.



 Prof. Martti Tiuri
25 March 2016: Martti Tiuri, Finland, member of Engineering Sciences section

He was Professor emeritus of Helsinki University of Technology HUT (1962-1989) Department of Electrical Engineering, Radio technology lab; and former member of the Finnish parliament (1983-2003), for Kokoomus National Coalition Party, has passed away at 90 years of age. Prof Tiuri received both his masters degree (1950), and his PhD in 1960 at HUT. His PhD thesis on Sputnik 3 was the very first PhD thesis on space technology in Finland. Tiuri was one of the founders of HUT television club which then made the first Finnish TV broadcasting possible on May 24th in 1955. In 1974 Tiuri was one of the founders of Metsähovi Observatory. In 1986 Tiuri became the very first Finnish Fellow of the IEEE. He remained active in the Finnish National Committee of Cospar. Prof Tiuri was elected Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1988, as the first Finnish member.

 Academician Angelo Miele19 March 2016: Angelo Miele, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

He was the Foyt Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences, Rice University, USA. His work included optimal thrust programs for rocket-powered aircraft, optimal cruise of turbojet-powered aircraft and optimal cruise of a hypervelocity glider. In 1959, Miele joined the Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories as director of astrodynamics and flight mechanics. His research at Boeing led to the theorem of image trajectories in Earth-moon space, among his most influential contributions to aerospace studies. Miele joined Rice’s faculty in 1964. In 1967, he founded the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, where he remained editor-in-chief until 2009. He was also professor emeritus in computational and applied mathematics at Rice, and he was principal investigator for more than 100 grants, and author or co-author of some 250 journal articles and 400 technical reports and contributions to scientific meetings. His book Flight Mechanics, published in 1962 and translated into Russian in 1965, influenced a generation of aerospace engineers. From 1967 to 1983, Miele’s research focused on numerical methods, first for optimal control problems and then for mathematical programming problems. From 1983 to 1993, his research focused on wave identification, optimal aero-assisted orbital plane change maneuvers, aero-assisted flight experiments, optimal trajectories, flying in wind shear and wind identification and detection. After retirement, he maintained his teaching and research schedule, working in such areas as minimum fuel transfer of a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit to low-lunar and Martian orbit and return, conceptual design of next-generation spacecraft, optimal trajectories for super-maneuvering fighter-jet aircraft, optimization of ship maneuvers, collision-avoidance problems for ships and aircraft, and spacecraft rendezvous problems. He was elected Corresponding Member in 1966 and Full Member in 1984 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 Makoto Igarashi26 January 2016: Makoto Igarashi, Japan, member of Life Sciences section

He was Professor and Director of research, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX, USA. Prof. Makoto Igarashi has made outstanding contributions to basic vestibular physiology using the squirrel monkey model. His work has helped elucidate the complex role of visual and other sensory modalities in compensating for vestibular dysfunction. His investigations have significantly advanced our understanding of human vestibular function in normal and pathological states. He has worked on biomedical instrumentation, space biotechnology and otolaryngology. He was medical officer, Head, otopathology section, US Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. Author of more than 150 publications. Prof. Igarashi was elected Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1984.











































































































 
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