Arch Virol (2003) 148: 2489–2491 DOI 10.1007/s00705-003-0239-x In Memoriam Rudolf Rott (1926–2003) Where do new virus infections come from that attract the attention of the public and the scientiﬁc community with ever increasing intensity? What role do animals play as reservoirs of these viruses? What are the mechanisms of adaptation when a virus crosses the species barrier between animals and man? Why do infections cause disease in one host species, but not in another? Fundamental contributions to a better understanding of these problems were made by Rudolf Rott who died on April 28. He was 76 years old. Born in 1926, Rudi belonged to the generation whose youth was traumatically marked by the second World War and the post-war period. He left high school in 1943 to join the German army as a volunteer. Still at the age of 17, he became a commissioned ofﬁcer. After the war and after ﬁnishing high school, he studied veterinary medicine in Gießen, where he subsequently became a research assistant in the Department of Microbiology and Hygiene with Elmar Roots. It was here that his life-long passion for virology originated. Rudi always considered meeting Werner Schafer ¨ at Gießen one of his greatest
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 1, 2003
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