Dr Steven Salamon AM
It is sad to report the passing of Dr Steven Salamon AM, who died on Friday 1 September 2017, aged 99, after an extended illness. His was an extraordinary life, including service in the Second World War, subsequent imprisonment in Siberia and tertiary education in Budapest and Moscow. Steven migrated to Australia in 1957. He joined the Department of Animal Husbandry, University of Sydney, and served under Professor Terry Robinson from 1958 until his retirement as Reader in 1983. Steven was recognized internationally for his research and extensive publications on semen preservation in domestic animals, and in Australia as the pioneer of semen collection and artificial insemination in the sheep industry. He will be missed by his many postgraduate students and, as a man who always put his research into practice, producers and breeders across the livestock industries of Australia.
A full description of the life and research of Steven Salamon may be found in Veterinary Research at the University of Sydney, The First Century, Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2016, pp. 174-9.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Diedrich Smidt
In great sadness we inform about the death of Diedrich Smidt, who passed away on March 13th 2018 in the age of 86 years. Professor Smidt was the director of the Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry -FAL-, today the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics -FLI-in Mariensee, Neustadt, Germany for 20 years from 1976 to 1996. Under his leadership the institute gained nationally and internationally high recognition for its research achievements. Diedrich Smidt was a brilliant speaker, had a great strategic vision, and was a great leader with a high degree of tolerance and humanity. He remained interested in research and science in his field until his death and stayed closely associated with the Institute.
We are deeply indebted to Diedrich Smidt for supporting us with his advice and his experience for a such a long time. We will not forget him and honour his memory. H. Niemann, D. Rath