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In Memoriam (Obituaries) Archive

Vincenzo (Enzo) Palmieri
Friday, March 16, 2018
Harry (Henry) Jones
Monday, August 24, 2015
Rob McGrath
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Meyer Garber
Thursday, December 14, 2017
William Brownfield Fowler
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Jens Müller
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
James Nordman
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Viktor Efimovich Keilin
Monday, November 24, 2014
Carl Henning
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Henri Desportes
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Koichi Kitazawa
Friday, September 26, 2014
Akira Tonomura
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
John Alcorn
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Werner Weber
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Siegfried Wolff
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Edgar A. Edelsack
Friday, May 5, 2017
Hirosi Maeda
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Milan Polák
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Alexei Abrikosov
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
James H. Parker, Jr.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Marty Lubell
Monday, January 16, 2012
David G. Hawksworth
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Olga L. Polushenko
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Antonio Barone
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Peter E. Gifford
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Hans Hillman
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Shoji Tanaka
Friday, November 11, 2011
Carl Leonard Goodzeit
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Nicola Sacchetti
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Clyde Taylor
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Mauricio (Mau) de Lima Lopes
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Leo K. Kovalev
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Per Dahl
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Lev Petrovich Gor'kov
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Alex Shikov
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Ernst-Helmut Brandt
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Peter Komarek
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Nikolai Kopnin
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Igot Yanson
Monday, July 25, 2011
Giovanni Volpini
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Jeffrey A. Stern
Friday, October 11, 2013
Ray Sarwinski
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Leszek Motowidlo
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Vladimir Pan
Friday, September 20, 2013
Hisashi Kado
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Eric Gregory
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Øystein Håkon Fischer
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Gert Eilenberger
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Eddie Man-Wai Leung
Monday, August 1, 2016
John Clem
Friday, August 2, 2013
W. James Carr Jr.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Helen T. Edwards
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Klaus Irgmaier
Friday, June 28, 2013
Michael Tinkham
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Konrad H. Fischer
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Joe Smith, Jr.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Praveen Chaudhari
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Karl Gschneidner
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Sergey Egorov
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Colmar Hinnrichs
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Kiyoshi Tsukasa
Friday, January 25, 2013
Zdenek J. J. Stekly
Friday, April 3, 2009
William E. "Bill" Keller
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Henry Blosser
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Masaki Suenaga
Friday, February 13, 2009
Robert John Soulen, Jr.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Gordon Donaldson
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Hiromi Hirabayashi
Friday, April 11, 2008
Herbert Bousack
Friday, November 13, 2015
Michael Wulf
Friday, November 16, 2012

Michael Tinkham

February 3, 1928 to November 4, 2010
Michael Tinkham (ca 1998)
Michael Tinkham Passes Away at 82
Broad thinker advanced both the theoretical and
experimental understanding of superconductivity
November 23, 2010 (HE51).  Below we reproduce the integral text of the Harvard University obituary included in their press release of November 5, 2010.
Michael "Mike" Tinkham, whose latest appointment was as the Rumford Research Professor of Physics and Gordon McKay Research Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Department of Physics, passed away on November 4, 2010. He was 82 years old.
Born on February 23, 1928 in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, Tinkham earned his undergraduate degree at Ripon College in 1951 and his Master's and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1951 and 1954 respectively. He also spent a year at the Clarendon Laboratory of Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow. 
He joined the University of California, Berkeley in 1957, rising to full professor, and then left in 1966 for Harvard, where he remained for the rest of his career. Tinkham's research focused primarily on superconductivity, as captured in his classic text, Introduction to Superconductivity.
In his later years he was active in studying the unique properties of materials when sample dimensions are reduced to the nanometer range.
In the Journal of Superconductivity, Tinkham's former student Christopher Lobb '80 (Ph.D., Applied Physics), wrote:
"The opportunity to work with Mike ... was one of the greatest experiences of my life. As a researcher, Mike's rare combination of experimental and theoretical ability has kept him at the top of the field for decades.
As a teacher, Mike worked constantly to make things understandable, and did so with enthusiasm and wit. Any success I've had since leaving his group has largely been due to what I learned from him ..."
Tinkham's awards and honors included election to the National Academy of Sciences; the receipt of the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize; and the Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science in 2005.

Praveen Chaudhari

August 1, 1950 to January 14, 2010
Praveen Chaudhari – Short Obituary
January 15, 2010 (HE38).  Praveen Chaudhari, the prominent science manager and scientist, long time the IBM Vice-President of Science and lately Director of the Brookhaven National Laboratory, prematurely passed away in the night of 13/14 January 2010.  During his long tenure at IBM, he contributed in a major way to superconductivity.
Of his many direct contributions, the seminal and most prominent one is the systematic investigation of critical current dependence upon the grain boundary angle in rare earth cuprates (YBCO). This resulted in thus far the most reliable and broadly used technology of high-Tc Josephson junctions used in SQUIDs, HTS voltage standards, etc. Furthermore, the bicrystal work provided foundation for the experimental confirmation and investigations of d-wave pairing in cuprates.
It also led to the development of the HTS coated conductor technology. Also at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), he supported superconducting materials research and participated in it.  The summary of his recent results and thoughts on the grain boundaries in cuprates is given in his plenary EUCAS 2009 talk pre-published in our Issue 11 (to appear in Superconductor Science and Technology 2010).  For his achievements, Chaudhari has been honored with a number of awards.  He was an APS Fellow and member of the US National Academy of Engineering.  We reproduce his photo dating a few years back.

Vitaly L. Ginzburg

January 1, 1916 to November 8, 2009
Vitaly L. Ginzburg. (© The Nobel Foundation, 2003)
Vitaly L. Ginzburg – Brief Obituary
November 10, 2009 (HE36).  Vitaly L. Ginzburg, 93, the co-author of the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) phenomenological theory of superconductivity preceding the microscopic BCS theory, died on November 8, 2009, apparently due to cardiac arrest.
Ginzburg, born on October 4th, 1916, in Moscow, Russia, graduated with Ph.D. in 1940 and D. Sc. in 1942. At that time he worked at the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow. He made also significant contribution to astrophysics and to nuclear fusion, specifically the Soviet H- bomb. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2003, essentially for the GL theory. Readers interested in Ginzburg’s personal story and his views should refer to his brief autobiography, and an interview he most recently gave the Physics World (IOP). We reproduce his relatively recent photo (2003).

Zdenek J. J. Stekly

October 11, 1933 to April 3, 2009
Zdenek J. J. Stekly, Sc.D
Zdenek J. J. Stekly, Sc.D October 11, 1933-April 3, 2009
WAYLAND: Dr. Zdenek J. J. “John” Stekly, 75, succumbed on April 3, 2009 after a long battle with coronary heart disease.
He was born on October 11, 1933 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, the son of the late Karel A. Stekly and Jindriska (Wolfstahl) Stekly.
Dr. Stekly was the beloved husband of Suzanne Gibbs Stekly of Wayland. He was the loving father of Susan Stekly Williams and her husband Stephen W. Williams of Framingham, Paul F. Stekly and his wife Ashby Free of Cave Creek, AZ and of the late J. Steven Stekly. He leaves 5 grandchildren, a niece and 2 nephews.
After escaping Nazi occupied Czechoslavia, Dr. Stekly relocated temporarily to England before moving to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where he spent the majority of his youth. Accepted into MIT at the age of sixteen, Dr Stekly completed his studies, the first in his class, receiving a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 1955. In 1959 he received his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering.
After working for AVCO Everett Research Lab, Dr. Stekly worked as chairman of Magnetic Corporation of America, specializing in the production of superconducting magnets for use in MRI Scanners, Maglev research, Dept of Defense and the Dept of Energy.
A pioneer in superconductivity applications, Dr Stekly developed the ‘Stekly Stability Criterion’ which defines the maximum efficient operating capacity of superconducting wire.
Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 1981, Dr. Stekly was also a member of the American Physical Society and the New England Council. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the FSH Society, Inc (Muscular Dystrophy). He belonged to the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
At the request of the family, there will be no services at this time. Private services will be held for the family at a later date. For those who desire, gifts in his memory may be sent to the FSH Society Inc., 64 Grove St, Watertown, MA 02472. (IEEE CSC)


Masaki Suenaga

January 1, 1938 to February 13, 2009
Masaki Suenaga
Masaki Suenaga - Feb. 13, 2009
Masaki Suenaga of Bellport, a retired award-winning scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University, died Feb. 13 at age 71.
Dr. Suenaga received the the IEEE COUNCIL ON SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AWARDS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE FIELD OF APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITYduring the 2008 Applied Superconductivity Conference,, which was held last September in Chicago, IL. After receiving his Award, Dr. Suenaga said, "I feel fortunate that I've been able to do work that I like and that my research has resulted in useful technologies."
Suenaga's study of the superconductor niobium-tin helped to lay the groundwork for the first high-temperature superconductor power transmission cable system. That system, installed last year by the Long Island Power Authority in Holbrook, allows for the use of far less cable to conduct many times more power than more traditional systems.

Born in Shimonoseki, Japan, Suenaga moved to the United States after high school, and attended the University of California at Berkeley. There, he earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1962, a master's degree in engineering in 1964, and a doctorate in metallurgy in 1969.

Yoko Suenaga, his wife, said her husband loved reading, studying and researching everything. "For instance," she said, "before we'd go to Italy or Spain, he'd borrow books and study their history and culture ... He was devoted to research, a never-ending job ... his whole life."

Suenaga was diagnosed with leukemia about two years ago, and retired from Brookhaven Lab about that time, his wife said, but he maintained office space at the lab, and continued to work three days a week as a guest scientist.

He first joined Brookhaven Lab in 1969 as an assistant metallurgist, moving up through higher positions over the years until he became senior metallurgist in 1983. He was an adjunct professor of material sciences at Stony Brook, and was honored in November by the lab with the title of Senior Scientist Emeritus.

Diane Greenberg, a lab spokeswoman said in a statement after his death, "The title is given to BNL retired scientists ... who have made particularly noteworthy contributions to the Laboratory's reputation as a world-class scientific institution."

In addition to his wife, of Bellport, he is survived by his mother, Aiko Suenaga of Shimonoseki; two sons, Ken of Yokohoma, Japan, and Ben of Manhattan; and two grandsons.

Suenaga was to be buried in Japan this week.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for next month on Long Island. (IEEE CSC)

Source: Newsday, 21 February 2009


Hiromi Hirabayashi

January 1, 1934 to April 11, 2008
Hiromi Hirabayashi
Hiromi Hirabayashi, a leading figure and professor emeritus of KEK, passed away on 11 April 2008. He was an internationally renowned pioneer in the field of applied superconductivity and cryogenics for high-energy physics.
Hirabayashi was born in Gifu Prefecture, renowned for the Shirakawa-go world heritage site. He was educated in nuclear engineering at the graduate school of Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he gained his PhD in 1966, before becoming a research associate at the Institute of Nuclear Study at the University of Tokyo. He worked on preparations for the National Laboratory for High Energy Physics, or KEK, now the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, in particular in developing a hydrogen bubble chamber, essential for high-energy physics experiments in Japan. At the same time he established cryogenics – the necessary basic engineering – as a new academic discipline in Japan, and contributed to the development of applied superconductivity and cryogenics in collaboration with Japanese industry. (Read complete obituary.) (IEEE CSC)