Professor Jules Kieser


Our own Professor Jules Kieser passed away suddenly at his home in Dunedin, New Zealand on Tuesday 10 June. His C.V. can be viewed at http//


A South African by birth, Jules made New Zealand his home in 1996, taking up a position at the University of Otago as the Chairperson of the Department of Oral Sciences and Orthodontics. Jules was the Associate Dean for Research at the Faculty of Dentistry and the inaugural Director of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute at the University of Otago. He deserves great credit for encouraging and developing teaching and research in the forensic sciences at the University of Otago- at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Jules is a past editor of the IOFOS newsletter and had huge experience in the practice and teaching of forensic odontology.


Blessed with a charismatic personality, Jules' persistently enquiring intellect and softly-spoken approach to the challenges of academic life made him an inspirational leader, teacher, mentor, life-coach, friend, and colleague. Jules will be very much missed, and his loss has left a huge hole in the Society and in our hearts.