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Dear colleagues, With my deepest regret I have to announce the passing away of Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Kornrumpf, who quitted this world for a better one on Dec. 15th , 2012. Born in 1926, he was drafted right out of school into the maelstrom of the collapsing Russian front in 1944. Kornrumpf acquired his doctor grade in Islamic studies in 1955. After stations in Cairo, Ankara and at the Deutsches Orient Institut in Hamburg he spent most of his professional career at Mainz University, where he submitted his habilitation thesis in 1975. Teaching there at the Translators`Institute, Kornrumpf worked on the compilation of several Turkish dictionaries, notably the German-Turkish part of Langenscheidt's Taschenwörterbuch Türkisch. His main field of interest, however, was the territorial administration of the Ottoman Empire, especially those of its European territories in the 19th century. Pioneering on this field were his studies Die Territorialverwaltung im östlichen Teil der europäischen Türkei vom Erlass der Vilayetsordnung (1864) bis zum Berliner Kongress (1878) nach amtlichen osmanischen Veröffentlichungen (Freiburg 1976) and the follow-up volume Die Territorialverwaltung im östlichen Teil der europäischen Türkei vom Berliner Kongress (1878) bis zu den Balkankriegen (1912/13) nach amtlichen osmanischen Veröffentlichungen (Munich 1983). Supported by his wife Jutta Kornrumpf, he published the Osmanische Bibliographie mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Türkei in in Europa (Leiden 1973) and A historical gazetteer of Cyprus (1850-1987) with notes on population (Frankfurt 1990). His numerous articles, contributions and reviews are covering a broad range of biographies, vignettes and details of the Ottoman Empire's and Southeastern Europe's administrative, economic and political history during the 19th and 20th century. His thorough mastery of the Turkish, Ottoman and Arabic language, combined with an intimate knowledge about the late Ottoman Empire and a great sense of humor turned his lectures and reading courses at the Institute of Oriental Studies into a fascinating stage, where topics and personalities performed as if they were brought back to life. Ailments of age notwithstanding, Hans-Jürgen Kornrumpf remained a keen observer of and contributor to his science well into the very last days of his life - and to this students and colleagues a lifelong trusted friend and advisor in the best literary sense of the German word "Doktorvater". May the earth rest lightly on him! Dr. Thomas Scheben Deputy Director Media Dept. City of Frankfurt am Main STADT FRANKFURT AM MAIN