Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics


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| 1.1.2024  | 

A Warm welcome to Prof. Dr. Daniel Herwartz

Prof. Dr. Daniel Herwartz joined us at the start of this year as Professor in Sedimentary Geochemistry. The Institute wishes Prof. Herwartz a warm welcome and a good start to his tenure in Bochum. 

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|  21.12.2023  | 

We mourn the loss of a beloved colleague

Lothar Dresen passed away on the 21st of December 2023 at the age of 84. After studying mining, mine surveying and geophysics, he received his doctorate from Clausthal University of Technology in 1969 and habilitated at RUB in 1972. Until his retirement in 2001, he was Professor of Applied Geophysics and Head of the Seismology Working Group. His research focussed on model seismics and the numerical simulation of seismic wave fields, - wave seismics for coal exploration, surface wave seismics in engineering geophysics and joint inversion. Prof Dresen headed the Faculty of Geosciences for three terms as Dean and was a Director of the Institute for Mining and Energy Law. He had been a member of the German Geophysical Society since 1964, received an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Heavy Industry in Miskolc in 1989 and was made an honorary member of the Hungarian Geophysical Society in 1999.

With the death of Lothar Dresen, our university has lost an outstanding personality. We will always remember him with honour.

On behalf of the Institute's management team,

Prof. Dr. Tobias Licha

Original text by Prof. Dr. Mathias Kiese (Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences) and Prof. Dr. Martin Paul (Rector of the Ruhr-University Bochum)

|  4.12.2023  | 

Obituary for Prof. Dr. D. K. Richter

* February 1st, 1942 † December 4, 2023

We received the sad news that our esteemed colleague Detlev Richter passed away on December 4, 2023. Born on February 31, 1942, in Greifswald, he fled to Hanstedt near Harburg in 1945. After graduating from the Luterschule in Hannover, he studied at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the University of Vienna, and the Technical University of Munich, completing his main diploma in 1967.

From 1967 to 1969, he worked as a research assistant at the Geological Institute of Ruhr University Bochum, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1970 under Professor Füchtbauer with the dissertation "On the Petrography and Genesis of Dolomites in the Eifel." In 1984, Detlev Richter habilitated with the theme "On the Composition and Diagenesis of Natural Mg-Calcite." From 1989 until his retirement, he was an extraordinary professor at the Faculty of Geosciences at Ruhr University. In 2003, he was appointed an honorary professor at the University of Bucharest.

Detlev Richter was an acknowledged expert in sedimentology, petrography, and diagenesis. He possessed encyclopedic knowledge, which he shared with numerous students and doctoral candidates. In addition to his intensive research in the field of cave sinter, he was also very active in the Eifel, Franconia, and Greece, acquiring excellent regional and scientific knowledge. He had a visionary understanding of the department's development and was always willing to critically reconsider existing matters, preserve positive aspects, and shape new ones. He showed great interest in the next generation of geoscientists and was very popular among students, not least because of his professional and personal commitment and the quality of his teaching.

 The exchange with this knowledgeable and wise conversation partner, always ready with good advice, will remain in our fondest memories.

We mourn with his family and those close to him and fondly remember Detlev Richter. Prof.

A. Immenhauser, Institute of Geology, Mineralogy, and Geophysics, Ruhr University Bochum