(25.2.1948-17.2.2012) in memoriam
The European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) announces with great sadness that our
member of the Executive Committee of EANA, David Gilichinsky, Head of the Geocryology
Laboratory, Institute of Physico-chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science, Russian
Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Russia, has passed away on February 17, 2012. David was a
great pioneer in permafrost ecology, a wonderful colleague and a good friend of many of us.
His in depth interest in geocryology has built the bridge from Earth-based research towards
its application in space research, especially in view of the habitability of Mars. With this,
David was an enthusiastic supporter of astrobiology. We will not forget his excellent
organising ability and his warm hospitality during the 10th European Workshop on Astrobiology
in September 2010 in Pushchino, which he organized, and where we all felt so much welcome.
Our thoughts and sympathy are with his wife, Elisaveta Rivkina, his children and grand
We have lost a great supporter to astrobiology.
We will continue in his spirit
President of EANA