Emil Popow (1950-2015)

On June 19 2015 our dear colleague Emil Popow passed away. Over a period of more than 40 years, Emil Popow took part in the life of the AIP and made fundamental contributions to the development of the technical section. From 2003 to 2014, Emil Popow served as head of the technical section. Many projects of the AIP, from the operation of the Great Refractor to the construction of PEPSI would not have been possible without his significant contributions.
Emil Popow (1950-2015)

Emil Popow

Emil Popow was born on December 28, 1950 in Varna, Bulgaria. In September 1967, he began an apprenticeship at the Zentralinstitut für Astrophysik Potsdam (ZIAP) with Jochen Engelbrecht.

After qualifying as a technical assistant Emil Popow worked for the engineering department at ZIAP.  He received his Diploma degree in Physics from the Humboldt University Berlin in 1977.

From 1977 on, Emil Popow made fundamental contributions to the development of photoelectric sensors and charge-coupled devices. In 1992 he started working in the research technology and infrastructure department of AIP and became head of the technical section in 2003. Until 2014 Emil Popow contributed to the development of telescopes and instruments like PMAS, STELLA, the LBT and GREGOR.


We will deeply miss him as our friend and colleague, and we will always remember his great dedication to the institute.