Published: 15 January 2019

On Thursday 8 November 2018 André Mischke passed away at the age of 46. He had been fighting a serious illness for more than a year, but has always been upbeat and optimistic about his recovery and the news of his passing came unexpectedly for many of us. 

André has been involved in ALICE from before the first data taking and has been working in the area of heavy flavour physics. He was one of the initiators of the analysis activity on this topic in the Netherlands, starting with open heavy flavour, in particular D* resonances, but also, later, heavy flavour leptons and jets. André has attracted and supervised a large number of PhD students and postdoc fellows from different countries to take part in these studies and many of them are still working with us in ALICE or in the field of heavy ion physics. Besides his research in ALICE, he also had an interest in developing medical applications of detector technology. In his work, André was always looking ahead and very enthusiastic about new projects and future experimental programmes. 

André had a keen sense for making new connections, and was very passionate about training a new generation of researchers and in stimulating young colleagues to participate in physics discussions. He contributed to this by co-organising several editions of the Hot Quarks series, which specifically targets young researchers, and also by being on several juries for prizes at conferences and as a founding member of the Young Academy of Europe.  In addition, André has brought several larger meetings to Utrecht, like the topical Heavy Flavour Workshop in 2012 and the Strange Quark Matter conference in 2017.

At the university, André was also active in teaching at the Bachelor and Master level, in shaping the curriculum of the courses and in supervising research projects.

André had an extensive network of colleagues and friends in the field, not only within the ALICE collaboration, but also in other experiments, like STAR at RHIC, as well as among theoretical physicists. We remember André as an enthusiastic physicist, and we will miss his presence at meetings and in discussions. Our thoughts go out to his wife and daughter and the other members of his family.