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MedUni Vienna mourns the loss of Heinrich Stemberger

Pioneer of tropical medicine has died at the age of 82
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Associate Professor Heinrich Stemberger has died at the age of 82, following a serious illness.

Heinz Stemberger worked from the late sixties until 1990, first at the Institute of Hygiene and then at the then Institute of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine, first as an assistant and later as a lecturer and a senior doctor, working with Gerhard Wiedermann. He has made significant contributions to the Institute, not only in the scientific field, where he authored numerous immunological papers with Otto Scheiner, Dietrich Kraft and Gerhard Wiedermann, but also by establishing tropical medicine in hospitals and medical practices throughout Austria, making it more accessible to his colleagues. It is also largely thanks to him that tropical diseases such as malaria no longer strike fear into returning travellers. Together with his colleagues, he was one of the pioneers of travel medicine in Austria. His teaching skills were outstanding, as his students, such as Prof. Peter Kremsner, Prof. Herwig Kollaritsch and many others, can confirm. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We extend our sympathy to his family and his children.

Heinz Kollaritsch