Death of Hans Balsiger
It is with great sadness that we learn today of the passing away on 19 January 2021 of Prof. em Dr. Hans Balsiger, honorary member of the Academy, former director of the Institute of Physics and professor of experimental physics at the University of Bern
Hans Balsiger spent most of his career at the Institute of Physics of the University of Bern, where he obtained his doctorate in 1967 and where he was director from 1993 to 2002. Specialist in space instruments, he has been involved in numerous missions. In particular, he is working on the first airworthy satellite mass spectrometer in Bern, the GEOS instrument. He is also responsible for the Giotto ion mass spectrometer that flew over Comet Halley in 1986. He is also actively involved in the development of the Rosina instrument used for the Rosetta mission to comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Hans Balsiger brought all his experience to the Section I of the Academy.