Message from the Anatomische Gesellschaft

The Anatomische Gesellschaft mourns the passing of its highly esteemed member Professor Emeritus Karl Zilles, who died on 26 April 2020 after a long and serious illness. Karl Zilles was director of the Institute of Anatomy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf for many years, later of the Institute of Neurosciences and Biophysics and finally of the Institute of Neurosciences and Medicine at Forschungszentrum Jülich. He headed the C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf for many years and was thus the second head of the institute after the two eponymes, whose great tradition he revived. In addition to many other tasks, he also held the presidency of the European Federation of Experimental Morphology (EFEM) for a period of office and was a member of the board of the Anatomische Gesellschaft from 1993-1997 and its president from 1996-1997.

In order to give everyone the opportunity to say goodbye in these special times, Katrin Amunts, as a close confidante and student of Karl Zilles, has set up a digital book of condolence so that friends, colleagues and companions have the opportunity to commemorate Karl Zilles – with words, pictures or a candle. It can be accessed via the following link: https://trauer.op-online.de/traueranzeige/profdrmeddrmed-hc-karl-zilles 

The Anatomische Gesellschaft will honour Karl Zilles’ memory.