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In Memoriam


Hans Hausner, 1927–2016



It is with great sadness that we share the news that Prof Dr Hans Hausner, a founder member of the European Ceramic Society, died last August 26th. He was 89. He left his wife, Marlene, 2 sons, 2 daughters, their husbands and wives, and several grandchildren.


Hans was born in Neustadt an der Waldnaab on May 23rd 1927. He studied chemistry at TU Munich from 1946 to 1951, where he defended his doctorate thesis. He worked in industry from 1954 to 1961, mainly developing electroceramics (especially titanates and ferrites), but also working on fireproof materials in the glass industry. In 1961, his attention turned to nuclear energy ceramics, particularly the behaviour of uranium oxide. He worked initially for Euratom (Brussels), then had 4 years in the General Electric Nuclear Research Lab in California before returning to Europe where he worked again at Euratom, this time in the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.


In 1972, Hans became Professor at the Technical University of Berlin until his retirement in 1994, when he was granted emeritus status. A characteristic of his academic carrier was his continuous willingness to support cooperation between university and industry.


Hans played a very important role in Germany as the CEO of the German Ceramic Society (DKG) from 1988 to 2003, contributing to the successful integration of the ceramic industry, science and education of the former East Germany into the DKG.


Hans also contributed strongly to cooperation with other countries. He was Germany’s representative for the charter signature at the inaugural meeting of the European Ceramic Society, ECerS, on the 9th September 1987. As the second President of ECerS (1989-1991), he participated in the creation of the International Ceramic Federation (ICF), for whom he was the third President (1993-1995).


Hans was recognised worldwide; he was a member of the World Academy of Ceramics and a Fellow and Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society. Unfortunately, ECerS did not have these categories at the time, or he would certainly have also been recognised by becoming a Fellow and Life Member.


The whole European scientific community will remember this brilliant scientist who has contributed so much to the development of ceramic science and technology.




The following deceased ACerS members are organized as their information is received.


William McCracken


Neil Ault


Larry Hench


Joel Moskowitz


S. Donald Stookey


Warren W. Wolf


J. Lambert Bates


Robert W. Richards


Marija Kosec


Leslie J. Bowen


Irv Gower


Matthew Kerper


Thomas J. Mroz


Alan Searcy


Irvin F. Havens


C. Rogers Westlake


Torstein Utigard


William “Bill” Bates


John A. Cable


Reldon Cooper


Charles J. Deignan Sr.


Robert Hatch


Coy L. Huffine


Gordon H. Johnson


Lyle E. Shoot


Seymour A. Bortz


Gian Nicola Babini (former president of International Ceramic Federation, the European Ceramic Society and organizer of ICC2)


Andre Ezis


Henry M. O’Bryan Jr.


Jules Routbort


Eva Zeisel (honory member)


Gary Schlager


Harrison Corbin Van Cott


Alan Franklin


Wendell S. Williams


Robert C. Weedy


Roy Victor Harrington


Robert L. Snyder


Russell L. Yeckley


Charles Venable Jr.


G. S. Dhami



Fennimore Nelson Bradley


Roy W. Rice


Gunter Hermann


John Randall Wheeler


Tsuneharu Ogasawara


Elizabeth “Beth” Judson


Yoshiro Harada


James Dean Welterlen


Rustum Roy


Roy E. Gorton Sr.


Osgood James Whittemore


George Kepka


George C. Steer


Robert J. Long


Jay Comeforo


Norman K. Russell


William Brown


Kenneth Lawrence “Larry” Stover


Frederick F. Lange


Winston Duckworth


Charles Bachman


David R. Watson


James G. Gibson


John S. Haggerty


Robert K. Longritz


Francis (Fritz) W. Henry


James J. Mattis


Richard Renskers


Silas Larson


James V. Jones


Anthony G. Evans


Peter J. Hoagland


L.W. Coughanour


Stephan Mitoff


J. Walter Szymaszek


Robert Newnham


David W. Kellerman


Randall C. Ragan


Janet B. Quinn


Basil G. Staples


Walter Bennett


Edward P. Schauss


Henry Paul Kirchner


Carlton H. Hogue


Edgar Ronald Tostevin


Alfred Dube


Megumi Tashiro


Ronald Stanton Gordon


Robert H. Doremus


John “Jay” P. Gleason Jr


Helmut Franz


Please contact Eileen De Guire with questions or to provide a notice or update.

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