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We regret to inform you of the passing of:

- 03 August 2019: Nikolay S. Kardashev, Russia, member of Basic Sciences section

- 22 July 2019: Christopher C. Kraft, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 20 January 2019: Karel Kudela, Slovak Republic, member of Basic Sciences section

- 01 October 2018: John C. Sommerer, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 19 August 2018: Wang Dechen, China, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 29 June 2018: Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni, Italy, member of Social Sciences section

- 06 May 2018: Patricia M. Sterns, USA, member of Social Sciences section

- 19 February 2018: Michael F. O'Brien, USA, member of Social Sciences section


Obituary year 2017 is available in the 2017 History Section of the website
Obituary year 2016 is available in the 2016 History Section of the website
Obituary year 2015 is available in the 2015 History Section of the website



 IAA Academician Nikolai Kardashev03 August 2019: Nikolay S. Kardashev, Russia, member of Basic Sciences section

Nikolai Semenovich Kardashev died on August 3, 2019. He was a Soviet and Russian astrophysicist, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and the deputy director of the Astro Space Center of P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Nikolai Kardashev plaid a central role in the development of SETI in the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Kardashev became the leader of Soviet SETI in 1963, when he examined quasar CTA-102, the first Soviet effort in SETI. In this work he came up with the idea that some galactic civilizations would be perhaps millions or billions of years ahead of us, and created the Kardashev classification scheme to rank such civilizations. In 1986 Kardashev was elected a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and in 1991 he became a Full Member. Nicolai Kardashev will forever be remembered as a SETI very influential thinker, plus a leader in innovative space missions.
 IAA Academician Cristopher Kraft

22 July 2019: Christopher C. Kraft, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

Christopher Kraft, von Karman Award 1994 of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), died on July 22, 2019, two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11th moon landing. Chris Kraft invented the mission planning and control processes required for crewed space missions, in areas as diverse as go/no-go decisions, space-to-ground communications, space tracking, real-time problem solving and crew recovery, according to NASA. This made him the godfather of NASA’s Mission Control and the Academy recognized him for this achievements. Chris Kraft born in 1924 was elected corresponding member in the Engineering Science section in 1973 and a full member in 1985.
 IAA Academician Karel Kudela

20 January 2019: Karel Kudela, Slovak Republic, member of Basic Sciences section

Professor Karel Kudela was one of the founders of the Space Physics department at the Institute of Experimental Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Košice, which he led until 2011 and where he contributed to the work until his death.
His research topics in the past five years focused primarily on the research of dynamics of low energy cosmic rays and suprathermal cosmic particles. He acted as scientific coordinator in many physical experiments performed on satellites and in ground measurements of cosmic radiation at the Observatory Lomnický štít. He significantly contributed to an improved understanding on the impact of solar activity on the cosmic ray flux, the dynamics of the Earth's particle environment and on the relationship between cosmic rays and space weather. One of his most important scientific achievements is the confirmation of solar neutron incidence on the Earth's surface as part of solar eruptions. He was elected corresponding member in 2007 and a full member in 2012 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 IAA Academician John C. Sommerer01 October 2018: John C. Sommerer, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

Dr. John C. Sommerer, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Engineering Sciences section, passed away on October 1st, 2018.
At the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), he headed both its Research Center and its Space Department and he was APL Senior Fellow for National Space Policy. He was responsible for executing NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury, New Horizons mission to Pluto, Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission to explore the Van Allen Belts, and Solar Probe mission to explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere. He contributed to Key technological advances in missile defense, homeland security and information security that affect all Americans. He has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear physics as well as technologies used in spacecraft and engineering applications. He was elected Corresponding Member in 2011 and Full Member in 2013 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 Prof. Wang Dechen 19 August 2018: Wang Dechen, China, member of Engineering Sciences section

It is with deep regret that we received the news of the death of Professor WANG Dechen, who was elected in 1992 as Full Member of the Engineering Sciences section of the International Academy of Astronautics. Professor WANG Dechen was born in February 1933 and graduated from Beihang University in 1957. He joined China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) in 1959 and was engaged in general design of launch vehicles. He was the Chief Designer for several launch vehicles and made great contributions to the development of China’s launch vehicle technology. On August 19, 2018, Professor WANG Dechen died of illness in Beijing at the age of 85. He was elected Corresponding Member in 1987 and Full Member in 1992 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 Prof. Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni29 June 2018: Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni, Italy, member of Social Sciences section

Prof. Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Sciences section, since 1999, passed away on 29 June 2018. She was a Professor of International Law and Organization, at the University of Padua, Italy and a Lawyer, expert in Austrian and German law. She has trained both industrial leaders, insurance executives and lawyers currently involved in space law programs, projects and activities. She was the Chair of the IAA Commission 5 - Space Policies, Law & Economics in 2013 and was leading Academy activity in many program committees of IAA Symposia. We will miss a great expert and a friend of the Academy. She will remain an example of courage and dynamism for the young generations. We will all miss her.
 Dr. Patricia M. Sterns06 May 2018: Patricia M. Sterns, USA, member of Social Sciences section

Dr. Patricia M. Sterns, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Sciences section, since 1997, passed away on May 06, 2018 at the age of 66. She was initially elected a corresponding member of the Academy in 1993 and was living in Phoenix, Arizona. The Academy will miss her and would like to extend to her husband Leslie Tennen, Legal Counsel of the Academy, its heartfelt condolences.
Mr. Michael F. O'brien19 February 2018: Michael F. O'Brien,USA, member of Social Sciences section

Mr. Michael F. O'Brien, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Sciences section, since 2012, passed away on February 19, 2018 at the age of 72. As Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations, O'Brien was responsible for NASA's interaction with Executive Branch offices and agencies; international relations for each NASA Mission Directorate; administration of export control and international technology transfer programs; and, NASA advisory councils and commissions. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for External Relations (Space Flight). He was responsible for the international aspects of NASA's human space flight activities.  O'Brien also was responsible for agreements related to Space Shuttle flights for international astronauts and NASA relations with other space agencies, such as those of Israel, China and India. O'Brien came to NASA from the United States Navy. He served as a naval aviator in command positions and in Washington on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as the Deputy Director for Research at the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Washington.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

















































































 
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