Category: memoriam

Prof. Dr Priyatna Abdurrasyid (1930-2015)

Pioneer of Air and Space Law Education in Indonesia, Prof.Dr. Priyatna Abdurrasyid passed away in Jakarta-Indonesia on Friday, May 22nd of 2015 at the age of 85 years old. It is a big loss for Indonesia as he passed away when the Asia Pacific Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition organized by the International …

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Professor Gennady Zhukov (1924-2014)

Professor Gennady Zhukov (1924-2014) Former Vice-President and Honorary Director, IISL Gennady Petrovich Zhukov was born in Moscow on 30 April 1924. As a teenager, he fought for the Soviet Union in the Second World War. In August 1941 he was hospitalized for shrapnel wounds but resumed military duties on the front from May to December …

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Vladimír Kopal(1928-2014)

The International Institute of Space Law is sad to note the passing on 27 January 2014 of our friend and colleague Vladimír Kopal. An Honorary Director and former Vice President of the IISL, Prof. Dr Kopal was Professor of International Law at Plzeň University at the Czech Republic. In 2010, he received the IISL’s Lifetime …

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William D. English (1924-2013)

With sadness, IISL notes the passing of William D. English. His obituary in The Washington Post states: William D. English, 88, a lawyer who specialized in satellite telecommunications and who retired as general counsel of the satellite phone communications system Iridium, died Jan. 3 at his home in Bethesda. He had Parkinson’s disease. Mr English …

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Michel Bourély (1920-2012)

Dr Michel Bourély passed away on 26 April 2012, aged 92. Michel Bourély was born in Dakar, Senegal on 1 January 1920 to Joseph Bourély and Geneviève Berguerand. Upon returning from Senegal, Michel Bourély lived with his parents in cities where his father, an artillery officer in the colonial garrison had been posted – first …

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Gyula Gál (1926 – 2012)

On 19 March 2012 after a serious illness Dr Gyula Gál Hungarian space lawyer has passed away in Budapest. He was a member of the IISL Board of Directors (1981 – 1996) and later its honorary director. He was born in 1926 in Debrecen, Hungary. Studied in the Reformed College and University of his native …

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Carl Q. Christol (1913-2012)

Carl Quimby Christol, who pioneered the field of international space law, died of natural causes at his home in Santa Barbara, California on 22 February 2012 at the age of 98. Christol was a member of the faculty of the University of Southern California from 1949 to 1987 and authored numerous academic texts including “The …

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Edward R. Finch Jr. (1919-2011)

Edward R. Finch, Jr., a longtime member of IISL, passed away on 4 September 2011 at the age of 92. Ambassador Finch was a member of the U.S. delegation to UNISPACE in 1982 and 1999 and a Permanent NGO Representative to COPUOS. He was on the Board of Directors of the National Space Society and …

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Eduardo Gaggero (1937-2011)

Sadly, Dr Eduardo Gaggero is no longer with us. His friends and colleagues remember him as a figure of great renown in the field of air and space law, not only on the international scene but also as head of CIDA-E, the Uruguayan Centre for Air and Space Law, which he loved so much and …

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S. Neil Hosenball (1925-2009)

Our member S. Neil Hosenball passed away on 23 December 2009. He was born in New York, and was a graduate of Harvard University law school. He was a lawyer in Cleveland before joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). After many years as Deputy General Counsel, Dr. Hosenball served as NASA’s General Counsel …

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