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In Memory of Will Steffen

by Joseph Merz
31st January

After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Will Steffen is no longer with us.

For those of you who don’t know Will, his work gave rise to, and advanced, the concepts of planetary boundaries (with Johan Rockström) and the Anthropocene (with Paul Crutzen). And much more.

Will was such a kind and caring person. He served for a long time as an advisor to Merz Institute, and after his diagnosis was looking forward to getting back into things in 2023.

I learned so much from him. I’ll miss our conversations, his wisdom, his intelligence, and his generosity.

Rest in peace, Will.

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