Author: Prof. Dr. Tilo von Dobeneck

    Reinhard Fischer in rather unfamiliar costume at his last official act as DMG chairman (Photo: Robert Krickl)

    Reinhard X. Fischer retires (not quite yet)

    Prof. Dr. Reinhard X. Fischer has built up the Crystallography Section at our Faculty of Geosciences and led it very successfully for more than 26 years. He will officially retire on October 1, 2021 and has therefore already vacated his office on the second floor for the crystal physicist Dr. Ella Mara Schmidt (Oxford University), who will succeed him as Junior Professor in February 2022. During this transition period, Reinhard Fischer will kindly continue to teach crystallography and supervise student research projects in the Bremen Master´s program "Materials Science Chemistry and Mineralogy", which he developed. He also wants to push forward some of his still sparkling research ideas and will therefore be frequently present at our faculty and maintain a new office there.

    Reinhard X. Fischer´s highly fruitful and creative scientific output is, among others, evidenced by his eight volumes of the series "Zeolite-type crystal structures and their chemistry" in the renowned Landolt-Börnstein series, prepared and edited together with Werner H. Baur, and 130 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, of which almost 100 were written during his time at the Faculty of Geosciences in Bremen (

    As chairperson of the German Mineralogical Society (DMG), Prof. Dr. Reinhard X. Fischer recently performed his last official act with the posthumous handover of the Abraham-Gottlob-Werner-Medal in gold to the widow of Ekkehart Tillmanns. He also served in various responsible functions at the University of Bremen with great commitment, from 2003 to 2006 as Vice-President for Research, as a member of the Academic Senate and Faculty Council, and, until recently, as Ombudsman for Natural Sciences at the University of Bremen.

    Thank you and all the best, Reinhard!


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