"Noted astrobiologist Imre Friedmann died yesterday morning. Friedmann's main interest was the microbial ecology of absolute extreme environments - how life adapts to some of the harshest locations on Earth - and what this says for the possibility that life can exist in similar locations on other worlds. This research required many field trips to some of the harshest locations on our planet. Also, of note, Friedmann guided the developing careers of many of today's leading astrobiologists."
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"Imre was a good friend of anyone who shared his interests in and enthusiasm for life and discovery. He was a careful scientist who dedicated himself to understanding the natural world and the often underestimated ability of microbes to make their living in desert environments from the Negev and Gobi deserts to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. We will miss his questing spirit and ever-present sense of humor. Glad you could put him on the site!"
John Rummel, NASA