rest in peace, prof. reinhard rieger

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univ.prof. dr. reinhard rieger, the head of the institute of zoology at uibk, died yesterday.

i never got to meet anybody whose enthusiasm for biology was as sparkling and contagious.
he was a mastermind in his area of expertise, and still treated every student as a colleague.

it seems like yesterday that (during a course) he showed us a live sea urchin through a microscope, explained it’s behaviour and anatomy, and made us realize his very respect for every living thing on earth.

on monday, i was talking about how i was looking forward to the next course he held.
now, i can only be thankful i got to attend some of his lectures, and will always remember him as a luminary in zoology and – most notable – a likeable personality.

may he rest in peace.

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