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In Memoriam - Karl Klein

August 10, 2018

In Memoriam - Karl Klein

AsMA was saddened to hear of the death of Prof. Karl E. Klein, Dr. med., in late July.

A native of Köln, Germany, he earned a Dr. med. in 1955 at the Medical School, Universität Köln, where he also worked as a research assistant in both the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry and the Department of Physiology. He began his career in aerospace medicine in 1958 and became Professor of Aviation and Space Medicine at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen in 1983. He later became Director of the DLR Institute of Space Medicine, where he served until 1992, when he retired.
   From 1970–1971, Dr. Klein took a sabbatical, which he spent as an Invited Research Associate at Wright State University and the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. He authored or co-authored over 180 scientific papers and publications and chaired the European Space Agency Symposium on Life Sciences Research in Space in Köln in 1977. He also organized the 6th International Astronautical Federation Symposium in Bonn in 1980.
   Dr. Klein was a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) and Vice President from 1982–1983. He also served on the Advisory Board of the AsMA Journal. He was the 1975 recipient of the then Walter M. Boothby Award (now the Boothby-Edwards Award) and the 1981 recipient of the Sidney D. Leverett, Jr., Environmental Science Award. He was chosen to the be the Harry G. Armstrong Lecturer for the 47th AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting. The Space Medicine Association (SMA) awarded him the Hubertus Strughold Award in 1987 and he became SMA’s President from 1992–1993.
   Dr. Klein was also a member of both the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine and the International Academy of Astronautics. He was Vice President of the European Low Gravity Research Association from 1984–1986. He was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1986 and also received the Yuri Gagarin Medal in 1989, the Alan D. Emil Award in 1990, and the Theodore von Kármán Award in 1991.