IRPA is sad to note the passing of Rupprecht Maushart, the last of IRPA's founding members
IRPA Pro Tempore Executive Council, Paris 1964. From left: Maushart, Courvoisier, Duhamel, Jammet, Bonnet-Maury
IRPA is very sad to note the passing of Rupprecht Maushart. Rupprecht passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in his home on November 17, 2020.
He played a key role in founding the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), serving as IRPA treasurer and member of the Executive Council from 1989 to 2000.
Rupprecht was a driving force behind the constitution of the German-Swiss Association for Radiation Protection (Fachverband, FS) and its incorporation into the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) as an Associate Society in 1966. Rupprecht was nationally and internationally renowned for his expertise in radiation protection, especially in measuring methods and devices, including over 38 years as Research Officer at the Karlsruhe Research Center and Scientific Director of the Berthold Company.
Following his retirement, Rupprecht continued to serve on advisory committees and task groups dedicated to radiation safety. His passion and most heartfelt pursuit was communication with the public, which he repeatedly presented on at IRPA congresses, and this was one of the reasons for which he developed and managed as Editor-in-Chief the German radiation protection journal StrahlenschutzPRAXIS.
To many he was a colleague, leader, mentor and friend.
We send our heart-felt condolences to his family and to the German-Swiss Association for Radiation Protection (FS). We give thanks for all his efforts in support of radiation safety. As a pioneer of the FS and IRPA, his legacy within the radiation protection community in Germany and internationally will not be forgotten.
Rupprecht and IRPA President Roger Coates at a social event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the FS - held on the Baltic coast, September 2016.