With deep sadness, the Johannes Kepler University announces the death of em.Univ. Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Hermann Janeschitz-Kriegl (1924-2018).
Born in 1924 in Graz, Prof. em. Janeschitz-Kriegl completed his studies during the difficult post-war years in Graz. In 1952 he went to the Centraal Laboratorium TNO in the Netherlands where he established himself as a specialist in the field of polymer rheology and polymer process engineering. In 1968 he was appointed at the Technical Hogeschool Delft.
Jenschitz-Kriegl came to the JKU in 1978 as a professor of physical chemistry and founded an internationally respected working group that made significant contributions to rheology and polymer technologies.
At the age of 60, he discovered errors in the treatment of crystallization processes and his subsequent work placed Austria in a leading global position.
Prof. Janeschitz-Kriegl retired in 1994/1995 but continued to make valuable contributions to the development of polymer research at the JKU.
In addition to science, Prof. Janeschitz-Kriegl’s interests included his family and music and he was an active member of the JKU’s University Orchestra. He received numerous accolades and awards for his work, including the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art, 1st Class.
The Johannes Kepler University is grateful to him for all of his contributions and will continue to honor his memory.