Obituary Gerda Pfennig, 8.12.1930 – 16.2.2017

March 1st, 2017
by Joseph Magill

Gerda Pfennig, “Mother” of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, died on 16 February 2017 aged 86.
GerdaPfennigBorn on 8 Dec. 1930, Gerda Pfennig received her training in chemistry at the Fachschule Fresenius, Wiesbaden. In 1958, she joined the Institut für Radiochemie (Institute of Radiochemistry) of the Kernreaktor Bau- und Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (Nuclear Reactor Building and Operating Company) in Karlsruhe. The first edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, printed in 1958 in the form of a wall chart, was created by Walter Seelmann-Eggebert and his assistant Gerda Pfennig. Since this first edition, Frau Pfennig has co-authored all editions of the Chart until the 9th Edition in 2015. During the period 2006-2012 Frau Pfennig was working at the European Commission’s Institute for Transuranium Elements on the 7th (2006) and 8th (2012) editions of the Chart. From 2012-2015 she was actively involved with Nucleonica GmbH on the 9th edition of the Chart. Her life was marked with a passion for music, tennis and the nuclide chart.
In the field of nuclear data Frau Pfennig was both conscientious and dedicated and an inspiration to her colleagues. We will always keep her in our memories.

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