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Prof. Dr. Felix Büchel

SOEP research professor, September 2001 - July 2004


 

DIW Berlin was greatly saddened to receive the news of Felix Büchel’s death on 12 July 2004 at the age of only 47. Felix Büchel had been associated with the Institute for many years as a fervent user of data from the Socio-Economic Panel longitudinal survey (SOEP), as a research professor with the Department of the Socio-Economic Panel and, last but not least, as a friend. The work he carried out in close collaboration with the Department produced many important research findings that were – and will continue to be – highly respected in the international research community and among policy experts.


 

 

Felix Büchel was born in Zürich in 1957 and originally studied mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zürich). He subsequently moved to Berlin, where in 1988 he graduated in Political Science at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Free University of Berlin. He was awarded his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol. in Economics and Social Sciences), summa cum laude, by the same Institute in 1991 and was awarded a research prize by the Federal Labour Office, Nuremberg, for his doctoral thesis. In 1998 he earned his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) at the Technical University of Berlin’s Department of Economics and Management.


 

Felix Büchel was a Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, an Adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and an Honorary Professor at the Free University of Berlin. He was also an active member of numerous scientific boards and associations, including the Swiss Household Panel, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the German Demographic Society.


 

The calibre of Felix Büchel’s scientific career is not only evidenced by his bibliography, but also by the academic awards he received and by the scientific associations of which he was a member. To name just two examples, he won the prize awarded by the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin for the best academic paper based on SOEP data published between 1984 and 1999, and was also awarded the Emerald Literati Club 2003 Prize for a paper published in the International Journal of Manpower.


 

Felix Büchel’s research interests ranged from labour economics to education policy and social policy. He approached his research work as a convinced empirical social scientist who believed that policy recommendations should always be based on verifiable practical knowledge. This approach is evidenced by an impressive list of publications in international journals and anthologies, but also in the public media. His scientific integrity and his lively curiosity made Felix Büchel an outstanding personality in the research community.


 

Felix Büchel’s death has deprived DIW Berlin of a dedicated scientist and a good friend. We offer his wife and daughter our sincere condolences, and we will treasure their husband and father’s memory.


   
Prof. Dr. Felix Büchel

 
SOEP research professor, September 2001 - July 2004

 
 

 
DIW Berlin was greatly saddened to receive the news of Felix Büchel’s death on 12 July 2004 at the age of only 47. Felix Büchel had been associated with the Institute for many years as a fervent user of data from the Socio-Economic Panel longitudinal survey (SOEP), as a research professor with the Department of the Socio-Economic Panel and, last but not least, as a friend. The work he carried out in close collaboration with the Department produced many important research findings that were – and will continue to be – highly respected in the international research community and among policy experts.

 
 

 

 
Prof. Dr. Felix Büchel

 
 

 
Felix Büchel was born in Zürich in 1957 and originally studied mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zürich). He subsequently moved to Berlin, where in 1988 he graduated in Political Science at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Free University of Berlin. He was awarded his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol. in Economics and Social Sciences), summa cum laude, by the same Institute in 1991 and was awarded a research prize by the Federal Labour Office, Nuremberg, for his doctoral thesis. In 1998 he earned his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) at the Technical University of Berlin’s Department of Economics and Management.

 
 

 
Felix Büchel was a Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, an Adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and an Honorary Professor at the Free University of Berlin. He was also an active member of numerous scientific boards and associations, including the Swiss Household Panel, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the German Demographic Society.

 
 

 
The calibre of Felix Büchel’s scientific career is not only evidenced by his bibliography, but also by the academic awards he received and by the scientific associations of which he was a member. To name just two examples, he won the prize awarded by the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin for the best academic paper based on SOEP data published between 1984 and 1999, and was also awarded the Emerald Literati Club 2003 Prize for a paper published in the International Journal of Manpower.

 
 

 
Felix Büchel’s research interests ranged from labour economics to education policy and social policy. He approached his research work as a convinced empirical social scientist who believed that policy recommendations should always be based on verifiable practical knowledge. This approach is evidenced by an impressive list of publications in international journals and anthologies, but also in the public media. His scientific integrity and his lively curiosity made Felix Büchel an outstanding personality in the research community.

 
 

 
Felix Büchel’s death has deprived DIW Berlin of a dedicated scientist and a good friend. We offer his wife and daughter our sincere condolences, and we will treasure their husband and father’s memory.