Professor Roland von Glasow

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The UEA community is deeply saddened by the unexpected death of their colleague and friend, Professor Roland von Glasow.

Roland was a pillar in the School of Environmental Sciences. He recently conceived the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at UEA, unifying physical and biogeochemical sciences under one umbrella. His leadership in the School as Director of COAS was precious and well appreciated by us all.

Roland’s research ambitions were exciting and always original. In his recent work, Roland pioneered the design and building of a sea ice chamber in the School as part of his prestigious European Research Council grant for the purpose of conducting controlled experimentation on halogen gas flux across the sea ice boundary. This unique facility shows just how much he was able to think beyond current possibilities, and actually invent the way to conduct new research. Roland’s research interests in atmospheric chemistry focused on reactive halogen chemistry in the troposphere, at the air-sea boundary and also in gas emissions from volcanoes.

Roland joined UEA in 2007 having studied and worked at the University of Mainz and Max-Planck-Institute in Mainz, Germany, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, and at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He was a member of the first international SOLAS summer school (2003) jointly led by colleagues at UEA, which initiated many students to the joys of interdisciplinary research. He quickly went on and led international projects himself, including the Halogens in the Troposphere task force of SOLAS/IGAC, and the fast track initiative on air-sea interactions in megacities and the coastal zone of IGBP. He was a member of numerous scientific committees, generously giving his time and sharing his enthusiasm for research.

Roland was also an avid hiker, climber and triathlete.

Professor Kevin Hiscock, Head of the School of Environmental Sciences, said: “We were deeply saddened to learn of Roland’s unexpected death. Roland was a very supportive colleague whose warm personality made him a popular figure in the School and beyond. Roland leaves a wife, Wendy, and two young daughters to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.”

We will be working to support the continuation of his work, and help students and colleagues pursue some of his unique ideas.

Please do post any memories or photos you have of Roland to this blog to share with his friends and family.

Professor Roland von Glasow