Condolence E-Mails

Naresh Dadhich (Director of the Inter-University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics)

Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 10:34:48 +0530 (IST)

From: Naresh Dadhich

To: Anita Ehlers, Hermann Nicolai

Subject: Condolence Message

Dear Anita/Hermann,

On behalf of IUCAA, I would like to send the following Condolence Message which may be read at the gathering at AEI after the funeral.

Juergen was not only a great friend of IUCAA and personal firend of many of us but had of late become a part of IUCAA's extended family as Anita puts it that it was his second home. We had formally also inducted him in the distinguished band of Honorary Fellows. We have all benefitted from him in various ways, listening to his awe-inspiring scholarly lectures, for critical comments in conferences as well as in informal discussions and particularly to his masterful conference summaries. He was a true representative of fast vanishing breed of classical scholars who had equal command on both precision and rigour as well as wider perspective and overall picture.

Undoubtedly he was an outstanding scientist and a remarkable human being who will be missed dearly by many for long. On a personal note, he was my host in 1983 for my first visit to MPA, Garching and immediately thereafter he paid me a return visit at Pune to attend IAGRG meeting, then followed a series of visits through ICGC meetings and GR-15, and so on. I always looked upto his wise and candid advice and guidance on matters academic and otherwise.

With much warmth and reverence we send our deepest condolences to Anita and AEI friends.

In Juergen's memory


Stanley Deser (Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics, Brandeis University)

Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 09:25:26 -0700

From: stanley deser

To: Hermann Nicolai

Subject: Ehlers

No-that was shocking news; i knew his widow a bit in the old days, so convey my condolences if appropriate.


Peter Dunsby (Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town)

Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 15:16:40 +0200

From: Peter Dunsby

To: Hermann Nicolai

Subject: Juergen

Dear Hermann,

I was shocked to hear of Juergen's death. Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and your colleagues.

My work over the years has been strongly influenced and inspired by Juergen. He will be greatly missed.



Reinhard Genzel (Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)

Betreff: Re: Ehlers

Von: Reinhard Genzel

Datum: Sun, 25 May 2008 16:12:09 +0200 (CEST)

An: Bernard F. Schutz

CC: Guenther Hasinger, Hermann Nicolai, Bernard F. Schutz, Ralf Bender, Gregor Morfill


I was shocked by the news indeed also. I am trying to change my schedule to come up to Golm next Friday. Please keep me in touch of arrangements.


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