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IN MEMORIAM Ottó G. Eiben (1931–2004)

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In Memoriam.vp Coll. Antropol. 28 (2004) 2: 963–964 In Memoriam IN MEMORIAM Ottó G. Eiben (1931–2004) Professor Eiben, who was a modest, cultured and considerate scientist, passed away after a short, though severe illness, on November 16, 2004. Ottó G. Eiben was born in Szombathely, a West- Hungarian town near the Austrian border. He stud- ied biology and chemistry in Debrecen Kossuth Lajos University between 1949 and 1954. After having graduated at the University he worked until 1963 in the county of Vas. He was awarded the uni- versity doctor's degree in 1962. In 1963 He relo- cated in Budapest and he he joined the Department of Physical Anthropology, Eötvös Loránd Univer- sity of Science, Budapest, of which he was chair be- tween 1975 and 1996. He got his CSc degree in 1972 and was awarded the DSc degree in 1988. His research work focussed on two main fields: child development and maturation, secular trends, respectively the variations of hu- man physique. His first report was published in 1951. The Körmend Study gained him international reputation: every tenth year between 1958 and 1988 he reported on the secular changes occurring in the children of this small Transdanubian town. A mono- graph on the summary results appeared in 1988. Unfortunately, he could not finish the analysis of his last follow-up study of 1998. We owe him the very first national representative growth study on the basis of which he provided us with the first Hungarian growth standards (1986), these are widely used by paediatricians, physical educators, teachers of medical gymnastics and thera- peutic exercises as well as coaches engaged in child sports. He was the leader and orga- nizer of the Longitudinal Growth Project of Budapest (first summary published in 1992). In the field of morphological variations in physique he employed a new multivariate method of analysis and introduced several techniques of methodology. This line of his research work lai

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