In memory of our friend
Woeful news came from Munich: our friend and colleague Hans-Peter Dürr died. He was an outstanding scientist, an internationally recognized scholar.
For years he headed the Max Planck Institute for Physics, was Chairman of the Union of German scientists and Peace-Nobel Prize Laureate (1995).
His whole life he worked in the fields of nuclear and quantum physics, he more than anyone else understood all the danger the nuclear weapons bear, and what disastrous consequences could result from its use. This understanding has led him to the ranks of the antinuclear movement.
During his scientific and social activities, Professor Dürr came to the conviction that the mankind will be able to have a victory over its own evil only through true spiritual self-improvement, opposing moral compass of the good to killing forces of the destruction. Therefore, with such an enthusiasm he went into the preparation and work of the World Forum of Spiritual Culture, held in Astana in 2010. Until recent days, he remained a member of the WFSC Presidium.
Hans-Peter Dürr was a great friend of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstani people knew and loved him. He strongly supported the nuclear test and “Nevada – Semipalatinsk” polygons ban movement, headed by Olzhas Suleimenov. Being vividly interested in the development of culture and spirituality in Kazakhstan, he highly appreciated the pathos of antiwar poem titled “Delusion of civilization” by Mukhtar Shakhanov. Dr. Dürr was fascinated by our capital Astana and rejoiced at each new meeting with the city.
The participants of the WFSC best remembered him as a great scientist, a wise patriarch, every word of whom meant much to us all, and at the same time he was a youthfully light, energetic and cheerful person. He was the epitome of beauty and grandeur of the human spirit.
In memory of Hans-Peter Dürr our duty is to persistently continue his work in the name of humanitarian ideals and peace in the world!