In Memoriam – Heinrich Ebert

Dr. Heinrich Ebert October 26, 1931 – September 28, 2014

Dr. Heinrich Ebert, a close friend and associate of ICRU passed away on September 28, 2014.

Heinrich Ebert received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. Early in his professional career he became attracted to the field of radiation dosimetry. When he became programme manager for radiation protection at the European Commission in the early 1960s he became particularly interested in microdosimetry and the underlying physical and biological aspects. In 1967 he organized together with the late Dr. Jochen Booz the first Symposium on Microdosimetry. That was the beginning of what became a series of successful interdisciplinary symposia, the 14th and to date last was held in October 2013 in Treviso, Italy.

In the early 1980s Heinrich started to get involved in the work of ICRU. He played an important role in establishing a successful interaction between the radiation research which he coordinated for the European Commission and the scientific work of ICRU. Although he was not a Commissioner of ICRU he assisted the Commission in many practical and scientific matters and had significant influence on setting priorities in the scientific agenda of ICRU. His particular concern was the dissemination of ICRU reports and information. On his initiative, ICRU News were published, initially in hard copy, since 1989. Heinrich Ebert became the first editor of these News and later its Honorary Editor.

 ICRU is very grateful for the great help and guidance Heinrich Ebert has provided. His dedication and commitment to ICRU and his constructive criticism and advice were always much appreciated. Heinrich was at all times a consummate gentleman and was held in very high personal regards by all Commissioners.

 Heinrich Ebert is survived by his wife Susanne, one daughter and two sons as well as six grandchildren.