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Prof. Dr. Stephen E. Coleman (1966-2012)

Associate Professor Stephen Coleman of the University of Auckland, an active IAHR member and outstanding hydraulic researcher, died on July 23, 2012 at the age of 46, after a short battle with stomach cancer. Stephen has been a key player in hydraulic research over the last decade, and had an exceptionally high potential for significant new achievements in the forthcoming decades. He will be greatly missed by his family, the whole hydraulics community and all those who knew him personally. Read full obituary
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Dawei Zhang
God bless.
Babak Aminnejad 
With deepest sympathy on the demise of Professor Stephen Coleman. 
I am saddened to hear of loss him. Also I can not to be near or eye contact with him but I read and used his papers which they are wealthy. Our hearts are with family and friends in this time of sorrow.
Rob Bell 
Deeeply saddened that Stephen has passed away in the prime of his career. He will be a great loss to the environmental engineering and hydraulics field, both here in New Zealand and also worldwide. On behalf of NIWA colleagues who worked with Stephen and his students, we offer our condolences.
Roberto Gaudio
I was very sad when I heard that Stephen passed away. I always appreciated his research and his great passion for our work.
Stephen will be in our hearth and mind forever.
Roberto Gaudio
Svetlana Kostic 
It was such a shock to me when I learned that my esteemed colleague and friend Stephen Coleman had passed away. Steven is deeply respected in scientific community as a great researcher and a wonderful human being. I join with so many others who knew Steven in offering my deepest sympathy on his passing to his family. 
My prayers and thought are with them. I hope they find some comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all his colleagues and friends.
Reza Mohammadpour 
My deepest condolences to Stephen’s family and friends. I’m so upset and shocking to hear it, but without any hesitate, he is always alive in our memories.
May the soul of such a distinguish personality rest in peace!!
Andreas Dittrich 
I have known Stephen as an outstanding scientist but also as a very pleasant fellow. I still vividly recall his lecture on the "Oil Flume" at the University of Karlsruhe over 10 years ago, on "The Morphology of Fluvial Systems" at the University of Braunschweig in 2010 and his keynote lecture on "Fluvial Sediment Transport And Morphology: Views From Upstream And Midstream" during our River Flow Conference in 2010. Personal contact was established mainly through my colleague Jochen Aberle and many subsequent meetings in Braunschweig.
Stephen's death means a great loss to us. We will keep his memory in our minds and would like to express our deep sympathy to his family and friends.
Ata Amini 
I would like to express my deep sympathy and condolences to his family and friends, and to all those who had the immense pleasure of knowing him. I will always remember him.
Gary Parker 
I just woke up in the middle of the night with warm thoughts about Stephen. I remember him with admiration as a thoughtful researcher and a gentle human being. I miss him.
Jochen Aberle 
Stephen was a great person and colleague and I am very sad that I will not see him again - but I will always remember him.
Dubravka Pokrajac
It is so hard to believe that Steven is no more among us. My thoughts are with his family, it is such a tragedy for them. 
Stephen was a wonderful colleague and a very kind human being. I am grateful for having known him. 
Amir Reza Zarrati 
For many years we were benefiting from excellent publications of Prof. Coleman and I am very sorry to hear that he has passed away. Please accept my condolences for such a sad event.
George Annandale
Stephen was one of the nicest people I have known, with a brilliant mind and a keen interest in research. It is very sad and shocking to hear that he has passed away. My condolensces to his family.
Lucia Couto
my deepest condolences to Stephen's family as well as his colleagues at the University of Auckland.
Andrea Marion
Dear friends and colleagues,
Stephen was my age, we have a very similar family, we shared the same
research interests, we also had in common the unusual case of spending our
whole academic life at one working institution, almost exactly poles apart
but actually very close indeed.
Stephen was one of the few I met that really made the difference for me,
and really helped made me stay in science through his infinite passion
when I was very close to move to something else.
What really was special about him was that he succeded, in the time he was
given, in doing something that goes beyond measuring a career, and that is
building (or leaving, do excuse my english) a legacy. It happens to me to
cite him and his work on scouring and sediment transport during my
Environmental Engineering course, along with some of the great
contributors of our field, and I just realized these days that this is
unusual when applied to one of my age.
I feel like he will be whispering suggestions to my ear when I will be
conceiving my next experiments, or work out my next equation.
Unfortunately it was time to move, Stephen, I trust you have been moving
to be best place available.
Ana Maria Ferreira da Silva 
I am still in shock at the very tragic and very sad news of Stephen's untimely death. We lost a brilliant and uniquely imaginative researcher, a superb communicator, and a friend. I use this means to convey my deepest condolences and sympathy to Stephen's family as well as his colleagues at the University of Auckland. I hope Stephen's family can derive some comfort from the knowledge that his work and human qualities will remain an example and inspiration to us all.
Pawel Rowinski 
Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of that great loss for the entire hydraulic community. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Stephen’s family and colleagues. 
Prof. Stephen Coleman was a great scientist and a friend and his invaluable services as a scientist will always be remembered. In the course of the years, he has had many interactions with the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in 2010 he came to Poland to the International School of Hydraulics where he delivered an inspiring lecture and has had close ties with a number of Polish scientists. As such, he has had a special place in our hearts and will always be remembered.
Pawel Rowinski, Wlodzimierz Czernuszenko, Robert Bialik, Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences

Mustafa Altinakar
We are deeply saddened by the untimely departure of our friend and colleague Stephen. We lost a dear friend and a colleague at the prime of his talent and art, and the field of hydraulics lost one of its finest researchers. Stephen was also a real gentleman and a fine human being, who touched the lives of so many.
We still had a faint glimmer of hope that he will be able to recover and return among us but, alas, it was not meant to be. We will keep his fond memory in our hearts and our minds. His accomplishments and contributions will be remembered.
On behalf of the past and present members of the IAHR Fluvial Hydraulics Committee, I would like to express our deep sympathy and condolences to his family and friends, and to all those who had the immense pleasure of knowing him.

Mustafa Altinakar, The University of Mississippi 


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