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It is our sad duty to report that the founder, owner and president of Inter-Research, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Otto Kinne, passed away on 3rd March 2015 at the age of 91. He died peacefully at his home in Oldendorf after a protracted illness.


Prof. Kinne had a long and highly successful scientific career and was among the best known and respected of all marine ecologists. In the 1960s and 1970s, he, as Director, built up the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Germany, to one of the leading marine institutes in Europe. In the 1970s, he organised and edited the definitive book series in marine ecology, Marine Ecology. A Comprehensive, Integrated Treatise on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters. He founded and was editor of numerous journals, including Marine Biology (1969), as well as Marine Ecology Progress Series (1979) and the other Inter-Research journals. He established and organized many symposia such as the European Marine Biology Symposium. He founded the publishing company Inter-Research in 1979, as well as the Ecology Institute in 1984. His life’s work was acclaimed through many awards and honorary memberships of distinguished institutions. More details can be found at


Prof. Kinne worked tirelessly and to an advanced age for science, and his wisdom, energy and devotion will be sorely missed.


Our deepest sympathy goes to the Kinne family, especially his wife Helga Kinne and sons Stephan Kinne and Volker Kraft.


We would like to assure our readers, editors and authors that the activities of Inter-Research will be continued in his spirit. An Obituary authored by Victor Smetacek has been published in MEPS Volume 528:1-6.


The Inter-Research team


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