[Syrphidae] Pavel Laska

Francis Gilbert Francis.Gilbert at nottingham.ac.uk
Fri Oct 3 12:01:03 BST 2014

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From: syrphidae-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk [mailto:syrphidae-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Kumar Ghorpade
Sent: 03 October 2014 09:27
To: Hoverfly discussion list
Subject: [Syrphidae] Re: FW: FW: Our Pavel Laska died in Saturday morning.

May Pavel Laska R.I.P.  And my heartfelt thanks for all his cooperation on our Syrphidae researches during the past decades.  His illuminating papers (with Jindra Dusek) on Metasyrphus and Scaeva were very helpful and hope Libor Mazanek will continue with what he terms Eupeodes as they fly in Europe and northern Asia, as a respectful homage to his memory and work.  All of us syrphidologists should honour his memory by continuing to unravel the very diverse and difficult Palaearctic Metasyrphus species.  I have tried with south Asian species and am now trying to place northern Pakistani species with colleagues who are working on Syrphidae there.  Thank you Pavel Laska and I salute your life effort on Syrphinae.  Their 1967 classic on Central European Syrphinae was a great help to me as a beginner student during my Masters course, and that and Vockeroth’s Magnum Opus (1969) and the little cited one of Heikki Hippa (1968) on Syrphinae, after Frey (1946) were a ‘hop, step and jump’ in Syrphinae taxonomy for me !  Alwidaaa Laska-sahebji…. as they say in Urdu.
Dr Kumar Ghorpade, Scientist Emeritus, Post-Graduate Teacher & Research Associate in Systematic Entomology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Krishi Nagar, Dharwar 580 005, Karnataka, INDIA. 
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From: Mª Ángeles Marcos García [mailto:marilines50 at gmail.com]
Sent: 02 October 2014 07:32
To: Hoverfly discussion list
Subject: Re: [Syrphidae] FW: Our Pavel Laska died in Saturday morning.
It is very sad to know that Pavel is no longer with us but fortunately he always will be us thanks to their papers.
Thanks Pavel for the knowledge  that you leave all scientific community, mainly your hoverfly friends.
M. Angeles Marcos
2014-10-01 14:52 GMT+02:00 Francis Gilbert <Francis.Gilbert at nottingham.ac.uk>:
From: dsommaggio at tiscali.it [mailto:dsommaggio at tiscali.it]
Sent: 01 October 2014 13:46
To: Hoverfly discussion list
Subject: Re: [Syrphidae] Our Pavel Laska died in Saturday morning.
In this rainy and dull day, a real sad new.
I would like to thank Pavel for his enthusiasm and his inspiring and wonderful contributions.
I agree with Francis: I knew very few things about his private life and I hope that his friends can cover this empty space.
Il 30.09.2014 23:40 Libor Mazánek ha scritto:

	Dear all,
	I decided to write to all Syrphidologist the bat news about Pavel Láska´s death.
	Last weeks was Pavel ill and he probably knew that his lifetime was near the end. He was in hurry to finish his projects on Syrphidae as soon as possible. But computer world was unearthly for him (as other older people) to live with computer world in full fruitful friendship. It is pity, that last years I had not enought time to work up all Pavel´s requests on Syrphidae work and to finish all his project and plans on Syrphidae as he wanted. I had to visit him in hospital or at his home for many times last weeks to work on our Syrphidae project and his intelect was always in excelent condition. But when I visited him in hospital in Friday to ask for some about Eupeodes, it was the first time in my life (and probably also in his) when his interest in Syrphidae was limited by his health.
	Libor Mazánek
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