Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Joachim Gerhardt
the co-founder and former long-time head of I.F.I. Institut für Industrieaerodynamik GmbH, Institute at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, passed away unexpectedly on August 4, 2013. He died after a short, serious disease aged only 69.
Until only a few weeks before his death he could be found working at his desk every day on several projects - cheerful, open-minded and friendly as always. In mid-June he returned to his second home in the South of England, to his little cottage on the Cornish coast. From there he kept communicating with the I.F.I. staff, except when he was sailing his beloved historic sailing boat. He passed away peacefully in his Cornish home by the sea surrounded by his family.
For more than 30 years Professor Gerhardt lectured on Fluid Mechanics at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. He was an internationally recognised expert and scientist. We owe him fundamental insights in many fields such as wind engineering – and in particular wind actions on buildings and building envelopes – smoke extraction or control and fire protection. His scientific findings became part of numerous standards plus guidelines. He also found ways of implementing his insights into practical use. In addition to his lectures he organised many seminars, colloquia, workshops and training courses for professionals.
We have lost not only an excellent professor and scientist, but also a highly respected and friendly colleague and a very warm-hearted person, always ready to help.
We owe him a lot, his life and work will always inspire us.
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