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Obituary on Prof. Dr. Michael Kaufmann

The members of the Department of Physics mourn the loss of

Prof. Dr. Michael Kaufmann

Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at the University of Bayreuth

(* 01/07/1939    ✝ 06/25/2020)

Professor Dr. Michael Kaufmann died at the age of 81. Since 1990 he was honorary professor at the Institute of Physics at the University of Bayreuth. In his person he connected the University of Bayreuth with the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics.

Michael Kaufmann played a decisive role in the development of fusion research, both in research and in science management, and is regarded as one of the pioneers of the European fusion research.

In accordance with his interests, he successfully taught students of the University of Bayreuth in experimental plasma physics for many years. His teaching activities resulted in his book "Plasmaphysik und Fusionsforschung" (Plasma Physics and Fusion Research), which is considered a standard book in the field today.

In accordance with his interests, he successfully taught students of the University of Bayreuth in experimental plasma physics for many years. His teaching activities resulted in his book "Plasmaphysik und Fusionsforschung" (Plasma Physics and Fusion Research), which is considered a standard work in the field today.

Also on behalf of all staff and students,
the professors of physics.


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