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One of the great minds of the international mineral processing and mechanical process engineering community, scientist, lecturer and engineer, honorable Prof. Dr.sc.techn. Drs.h.c. Heinrich Schubert passed away peacefully on Monday, April 9th 2018 at the age of 92 in his home in Freiberg, Germany. After a very long and successful career and life, he has left the world with more than 300 papers, having guided and supervised about 550 graduates and 60 PhD students and exchanged and interacted with many colleagues worldwide, who were highly influenced by him. His famous German books on Mineral Processing in three volumes, Mechanical Process Engineering and the Handbook of Mechanical Process Engineering will always have their place in libraries to be used by future engineers and scientists. We are sad to not having him around anymore for his critical comments and helpful advices. At the same time, we are very grateful for all his work and achievements.

Prof. Heinrich Schubert is well acknowledged in the German mineral processing as well as process and chemical engineering community for having introduced the consequent distinction between physical-chemical fundamentals, micro processes, macro processes and the application, which leads to a deep understanding of the scientific basis in process and chemical engineering.

Prof. Heinrich Schubert is well acknowledged in the German mineral processing as well as process and chemical engineering community for having introduced the consequent distinction between physical-chemical fundamentals, micro processes, macro processes and the application, which leads to a deep understanding of the scientific basis in process and chemical engineering.

Prof. Schubert was born January 23rd 1926 in Pirna-Jessen, close to the east German city of Dresden. He studied from 1947 until 1951 at the Bergakademie Freiberg, graduated as a mineral process engineer in 1951, and in addition as a mining engineer in 1952, followed by his PhD as Dr.-Ing. in 1956. From 1952 until 1959, he was working in the non-ferrous metal industry of the German Democratic Republic before he became a lecturer at the Bergakademie Freiberg in 1960 where he stayed until 1991. In 1969, he became a full professor and let the Institute of Mineral Processing where he received his PhD B in 1971 as Dr.sc.techn. He led the faculty of engineering sciences from 1980 until 1991. In those years, he also had the privilege to be visiting professor outside of socialist east Germany, when he stayed at the University of Queensland, Australia in 1981, the University of Iowa, USA in 1982 and the Iron and Steel University Wuhan, China in 1989. After his retirement in 1991 he stayed very active publishing papers and attending meetings. His lectures covered the fields of mechanical process engineering, mineral processing and particle technology.

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