It is with regret that we have learned of the death of Jacques Astier on 20 May.

Jacques was internationally known for his work on agglomeration of iron ores and investigations on alternative ironmaking processes.

He worked for the first part of his professional career at the French research establishment, IRSID but continued after his retirement in 1988 as an international consultant in these technologies

For his work, Jacques Astier was created a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

His death even at the age of 88 was a surprise and sudden. He leaves the evidence of much scientific achievement. His work remains a model of knowledge transfer and human relationships, where his modesty enabled him to forge close links with specialists in many countries. Many were proud to know him as a friend.

A full obituary is published under the Features section of the Steel Times International web site http://www.steeltimesint.com/features