IFRF Pioneer Jan van Langen has died aged 86. Jan was amongst the very first Investigators to work at the new IFRF test furnace in the 1950’s, on secondment from the then Royal Dutch Blast Furnace and Steel Works (Hoogovens IJmuiden, now Tata Steel). His early work was in the areas of thermal radiation from oil flames, as well as combustion of oil with oxygen. Jan supported the IFRF over many decades, serving as General Secretary from 1977 to 1989. We will publish a full obituary in the coming weeks.