With his consistent stream of fresh, new ideas and in his role as head of the Collegium Helveticum in Zurich, he inspired the collaboration with the Zukunftskolleg – further bridging the geographic gap between the locations. He was an open-minded, cosmopolitan thinker who remained well-grounded and refused to reduce science to an ivory-tower of affluence. Thomas Hengartner was taken from us much too soon on Ascension Day 2018. We will miss his passion for trans-disciplinarity, his visionary ideas and his ability to inspire others.
A German article about his contributions to science is available here: https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/kultur/er-erkannte-die-wachstumsschmerzen-der-stadt/story/11141257