Obituaries


Zofia Kosturkiewicz (1928-2021)

On 1st October 2021, the day of the Inauguration of the New Academic Year, Prof. Zofia Kosturkiewicz suffered a massive cerebral stroke and four weeks later, on 29th October, without regaining consciousness, died peacefully in a hospice. Her death is a painful loss to her numerous friends and former students, […]


Wolfgang Jeitschko (1936-2020)

Wolfgang Jeitschko, passed away on August 5th, 2020, during his afternoon nap. The solid state and materials chemistry and crystallography community and especially his friend and colleagues lost an outstanding scientist, an enthusiastic teacher, and a distinguished gentleman. Wolfgang Jeitschko, born on May 27th, 1936, in Prague, finished school in […]


Ekkehart Tillmanns (1941-2020)

Shortly before reaching the age of 80, Prof. Ekkehart Tillmanns passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2020 in the circle of his family in Vienna. In the same year, he had been awarded the Abraham-Gottlob-Werner-Medal in gold by the German Mineralogical Society as the latest significant recognition of his […]


Stanko Popović (1938-2020)

With great sorrow we inform the crystallographic community that our colleague Academician Stanko Popović, Professor Emeritus, passed away on December 17, 2020 at the age of 83. Stanko Popović was born in Čitluk, Croatia, in 1938. He graduated Experimental physics from the Physics Department, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb […]


Dirk Feil (1933 – 2020)

Dirk (Dick) Feil passed away on the 22nd of April 2020 at the age of 87.  Dirk Feil was born in Zeist, the Netherlands, in 1933.  Married in 1958, Dirk and his young wife Annet set out to see something of the world.  In 1959, despite misgivings about the apartheid […]

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Sybolt Harkema (1940-2019)

On September 1st, 2019, Sybolt Harkema, former Assistant Professor at the Technical University Twente, died at the age of 78 years. Sybolt Harkema was born in Noordeloos, the Netherlands, as the son of vickar Harke Harkema and his wife Agaath. He visited the secondary school (lyceum) in Zeist at the […]


Joel Bernstein (1941-2019)

Joel Bernstein was born on September 12, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Philip and Florence Bernstein. He obtained his B.A. degree in chemistry from Cornell University (1962), M.Sc. (1964) and Ph.D. in physical chemistry (1967) from Yale University with Prof. Basil G. Anex, working on the solid-state spectroscopy of […]


Aafje Looijenga-Vos (1928 -2018)

Aafje Looijenga-Vos, emeritus professor of structural chemistry at the University of Groningen, died at the age of 90 on 4 November 2018. Aafje Looijenga-Vos was professor of general chemistry from 1962 to 1967 and professor of structural chemistry from 1967 to 1983 at the University of Groningen. She was one […]


Davide Viterbo (1939-2017)

With great sadness we report that Professor Davide Viterbo passed away on 20 May 2017. Davide was well known to crystallographers around the world for his commitment not only to science, but also to serving the community with kindness, enthusiasm, and fine cultural insight. Davide has been President of the […]