The Global Energy Prize laureate Leonard Koch died at the age of 94
The Global Energy Prize laureate, the member of National Engineering Academy of the USA Leonard J. Koch, died in Arizona at the age of 94
“Global Energy, Non-Profit Partnership expresses condolence to his family and friends.
-“It is a great loss for both – the Global Energy Prize and the humankind in general”, - tells the “Global Energy” Partnership’s President Igor Lobovsky. – “ Leonard Koch was a renowned scientist. He was awarded with the GEP for physical-technical basis and development of fast reactors. His input into the nuclear power safety is incredible. He was the first to implement in practice a mechanism for waste fuel-recycling and re-delivery to the reactor. His research is beneficial for the whole humankind since it provides safe nuclear power. And according to scientists nuclear power is the one that will let us solve the problem of energy poverty in future”.
The sad news was sent to the partnership by the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member Thomas Blees, who visited Professor Koch in the hospital on the eve of his death.
It is not surprising that during their last meeting Thomas Blees and Leonard Koch spoke about current nuclear power developments. They also discussed the 2015 Global Energy Prize laureates. (As a reminder, T. Blees participated in the GEP International Award Committee meeting).
According to Thomas Blees, “Len was very proud to be the GEP laureate and right to the end very proud of the honor he'd received from Russia for his life's work. He was engaged and active. So we can celebrate his life knowing that it was a life well-lived that ended gently”.