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Ove Stephansson, 1938-2020

Ove Stephansson 1938-2020

It is with deep sadness that we inform all ISRM members that our colleague and friend Prof. Ove Stephansson passed away on 19 February.

Ove was a very active member of our Society, former Vice President for Europe (1991-1995), ISRM Fellow (2013), Chairman of the ISRM Commissions on Rock Joints (1987-1991) and on Information Technology (2001-2003), Member of the Commission on Testing Methods (since 1983) and frequent keynote lecturer at ISRM conferences, among many other contributions.

Ove was Professor in Rock Mechanics at the Luleċ University of Technology, Professor in Engineering Geology, Head of the Secretariat of the international DECOVALEX project and Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, Guest Professor at the Department of Engineering Geology of the Technical University of Berlin, and currently he was Visiting Professor at the GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany. Ove was also a renowned international Consultant. He belong to a small group of the most influential rock mechanics researchers of our times.

We will keep warm memories from him for his professional contributions and his friendship.

Our thoughts are with his close family and friends, to whom we present our deepest condolences.

Luís Lamas
Secretary General, ISRM