Prof. Dr. Klaus Thoma
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we bid farewell to Prof. Dr. Klaus Thoma. Our thoughts are with his wife Barbara and his sons Anselm and Lenz, along with their families.
As our director and colleague, Klaus Thoma embodied values and convictions that we will continue to uphold in his memory.
As a visionary institute director, he purposefully and passionately tackled research topics that would prove to be vital in the future. He also diplomatically and objectively mastered difficult and complex challenges with and for his colleagues. With his discerning and unyielding manner of approaching conflict, even unpleasant matters were successfully handled. Clear argumentation and facts were always essential for him.
Klaus Thoma, regardless of where he was in the world, fought with all his strength for us and for Fraunhofer EMI. He stood for fairness, honesty, reliability, and absolute commitment. At the beginning of his time at EMI, he saved the institute from closing its doors. He ingeniously recognized that completely new research topics were required for the success of the institute post-Cold War. After the terrorist attacks in New York, Madrid, and London, it was he who helped build up German and European security research. His significant involvement in this field resulted in him being the face of the security and defence research for the entire Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and in Germany.
As his colleagues and co-workers, we are deeply grateful for the many valuable years during which we could work with Klaus Thoma. We will miss his vision, advice, strategical instinct and his inexhaustible strength to bravely and resolutely approach and initiate new projects.
The memory of Klaus Thoma, dignified and honorable, will remain with us throughout time.