Obituary: Hans Meinhardt (1938–2016)
Hans Meinhardt, a pioneer in mathematical biology, died on 11 February 2016 in Tübingen, Germany, after a short illness. He was born in 1938 and grew up in Mühlhausen in the former German Democratic Republic and in Cologne, in former West Germany. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cologne in 1966. For a number of years he worked on problems in physics and then in experimental biology. However, he found these areas unsatisfying for various reasons and so he decided to move into theoretical biology—a decision he never regretted. The possibility of contributing to the fundamental problem of how spatial structures emerge from apparently structure-less initial states was a challenge that most excited him, and he embraced it head-on for over 40 years.
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