In the second half of the 19th century the cosmochemistry department of the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Mainz was one of the leading research institutions worldwide, studying the chemistry and evolution of meteorites and planets using multi-element chemical analyses. Many new and innovative ideas and concepts were developed under the leadership of Heinrich Wänke, director of the Department of Cosmochemistry since 1968. From 1971 on, I was actively participating in the research of the cosmochemistry department.

During the festivities of the 100th birthday of the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in 2012, the scientific achievements of the cosmochemistry and also...

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