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January 10, 2015

Hubert Markl dead

IST Austria President Thomas Henzinger mourns the passing of a pioneer of IST Austria • Markl’s contribution to the development of the research institute highlighted

Prof. Hubert Markl passed away on January 2015 © MPG / Filser
Prof. Hubert Markl. © MPG / Filser

Prof. Hubert Markl passed away on January 8, 2015, in Konstanz (Germany) after a long illness. Markl was 76 years old.

From 1996 to 2002 Markl served as President of the Max Planck Society after holding positions as President of the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG) and as President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2006, this extensive experience as a leading science manager of his generation predisposed the renowned zoologist to become a member of the International Committee, together with Prof. Haim Harari and Prof. Olaf Kübler, who wrote the blueprint for the establishment and development of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria). The Committee’s report, which was published on June 6, 2006, defined the principles, structure, and goals of the Institute.

President Thomas Henzinger expressed his deep sorrow: “The farsighted nature of this report can be seen from the fact that it reads today as a description of the Institute. IST Austria owes Hubert Markl a debt of gratitude for his wise contributions and the visionary conviction with which he supported the formation of IST Austria.”

Haim Harari, Chair of the Executive Committee of IST Austria, in his statement noted: “Hubert Markl will be remembered for his wisdom, friendship and wonderful consent to assist in any new scientific or other human endeavor to which he could contribute significantly.”


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