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Alfred Xaver Trautwein (1940-2019)

On Saturday November 9, 2019 Alfred (Ali) Xaver Trautwein passed away after a long severe disease, which he suffered with admirable fortitude. Born 1940 in Neu-Ulm he studied at TU München, became assistant in the group of Ulrich Gonser, where he built up a Mössbauer laboratory, before he got a call from the University zu Lübeck. There he worked as full professor for 24 years mainly in the field of biochemistry. He was dean and rector before he retired in 2007. He wrote several books (e.g. Mössbauer Spectroscopy in Transition Metal Chemistry together with Gütlich und Link) and nearly 500 papers. From 1995 to 2002 he was representative of Germany in IBAME. In 2015 he was the first to get the IBAME Fellow Award. Also ravaged by disease he did not stop to work. He still came to the Mössbauer conferences to present new results. All who got in contact with him will never forget his friendly and winsome nature. With Ali Mössbauer spectroscopy has lost a great scientist.