Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 79, Issue 2, pp 383–388 | Cite as

Obituary: Hans Meinhardt (1938–2016)

  • Philip K. MainiEmail author
  • Hans G. Othmer
  • Andreas Deutsch

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.

Hans Meinhardt was one of the most influential mathematical biologists of his generation, and his research enriched both mathematics and biology. He is perhaps best known for his seminal paper with Alfred Gierer, entitled...


Pattern Formation Pigmentation Pattern Couple Ordinary Differential Equation Uniform Steady State Biological Pattern Formation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip K. Maini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hans G. Othmer
    • 2
  • Andreas Deutsch
    • 3
  1. 1.Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology, Mathematical InstituteOxfordUK
  2. 2.School of Mathematics, 270A Vincent HallUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Center for Information Services and High Performance ComputingTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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