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In Memoriam (Obituaries) Archive

Alexander Dmitrievich Kovalenko
Friday, April 30, 2021
Peter Komarek
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Joe Smith, Jr.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Robert “Bob” Buhrman
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Giovanni Volpini
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Sergey Egorov
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Ryazanov Alexander Ivanovich
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Leszek Motowidlo
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Kiyoshi Tsukasa
Friday, January 25, 2013
Sergey Igorevich Kopylov
Friday, December 25, 2020
Eric Gregory
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Henry Blosser
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
James Wong
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Eddie Man-Wai Leung
Monday, August 1, 2016
Gordon Donaldson
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Rafael Navarro
Friday, September 25, 2020
Helen T. Edwards
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Michael Wulf
Friday, November 16, 2012
John "Jack" F. Mc Donald
Friday, February 21, 2020
Konrad H. Fischer
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Rob McGrath
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Alvin Tollestrup
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Karl Gschneidner
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Jens Müller
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Archie MacRobert Campbell
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Colmar Hinnrichs
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Carl Henning
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Francesco Negrini
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
William E. "Bill" Keller
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Akira Tonomura
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
John Robert Schrieffer
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Robert John Soulen, Jr.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Siegfried Wolff
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Kamel Salama
Friday, July 12, 2019
Herbert Bousack
Friday, November 13, 2015
Milan Polák
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Alan F. Clark
Friday, February 1, 2019
Harry (Henry) Jones
Monday, August 24, 2015
Marty Lubell
Monday, January 16, 2012
Hans-Georg Meyer
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
William Brownfield Fowler
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Antonio Barone
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Kyoji Tachikawa
Friday, December 7, 2018
Viktor Efimovich Keilin
Monday, November 24, 2014
Shoji Tanaka
Friday, November 11, 2011
Roger W. Boom
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Koichi Kitazawa
Friday, September 26, 2014
Clyde Taylor
Sunday, October 16, 2011
William “Bill” R. Shields
Friday, July 13, 2018
Werner Weber
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Per Dahl
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Fernand D. “Doc” Bedard
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Hirosi Maeda
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Ernst-Helmut Brandt
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Vincenzo (Enzo) Palmieri
Friday, March 16, 2018
James H. Parker, Jr.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Igot Yanson
Monday, July 25, 2011
Meyer Garber
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Olga L. Polushenko
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ray Sarwinski
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
James Nordman
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Hans Hillman
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Hisashi Kado
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Henri Desportes
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Nicola Sacchetti
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Gert Eilenberger
Sunday, November 21, 2010
John Alcorn
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Leo K. Kovalev
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
W. James Carr Jr.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Edgar A. Edelsack
Friday, May 5, 2017
Alex Shikov
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Michael Tinkham
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Alexei Abrikosov
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Nikolai Kopnin
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Praveen Chaudhari
Thursday, January 14, 2010
David G. Hawksworth
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Jeffrey A. Stern
Friday, October 11, 2013
Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Peter E. Gifford
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Vladimir Pan
Friday, September 20, 2013
Zdenek J. J. Stekly
Friday, April 3, 2009
Carl Leonard Goodzeit
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Øystein Håkon Fischer
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Masaki Suenaga
Friday, February 13, 2009
Mauricio (Mau) de Lima Lopes
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
John Clem
Friday, August 2, 2013
Hiromi Hirabayashi
Friday, April 11, 2008
Lev Petrovich Gor'kov
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Klaus Irgmaier
Friday, June 28, 2013
Hisao Hayakawa

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)
 
 

Hisao Hayakawa

(PO79).  Prof. Hisao Hayakawa passed away on July 12, 2020.

A European Perspective of Prof. Hayakawa’s Scientific Life

After some informal contacts with Prof. Hayakawa in the early 1990s, a more frequent exchange of opinions about the future of Superconducting Electronics, especially digital electronics, started after the European Network of Excellence in Superconductivity (SCENET) of the European Community was founded in 1996. I headed the Superconducting Electronics activities and advised the European Community about projects and new developments in the field. Starting from that point in time, the communication with Prof. Hayakawa intensified and his advice was essential for a creating a number of European research projects for Superconducting Electronics. On the other hand, the European effort also stimulated projects in Japan, at that time primarily in High-Tc Electronics. Laboratory visits and project quality assessments were done mutually in the following years. Eventually, we tried to come to a longer-standing formal cooperation between Japanese Superconductivity Research programs and European ones, but due to the lack of industry interest in Digital Superconducting Electronics, only the materials-related part was granted by the European community. This about started the downhill trend of HTS-electronics research in Europe and Japan.

Apart from his activity in research management in the cooperation between Europe and Japan, Prof. Hayakawa was also a gifted speaker and pleasant colleague, open for serious discussions and fun – with colleagues and students equally. He presented the Japanese activities in digital superconducting electronics on various occasions in Europe. One meeting was especially memorable, the SCENET Superconducting Electronics Workshop which took place from 20 - 22 March 2003 in Tenerife, Spain. I cite from my report to the European Community:

“The opening talk by Prof. Hayakawa was an excellent overview over the current METI-financed activities in digital superconducting electronics in Japan. It became clear that we arrived at a very important decision point in digital superconducting electronics in Europe. We are still able to compete with Japanese activities, but we will for sure fall behind if no major funding will become available soon to intensify this type of research and technology development in Europe. Especially activities like the SCENET-initiated FLUXONICS initiative for a European foundry for superconducting electronics are essential for the technological future of Europe in superconducting electronics. As one of the results following the discussions after the talk, we agreed to investigate the possibility to cooperate with Japan in a number of areas, such as materials technology for superconducting electronics and the design of digital circuits for fast data processing. We intend to realize such a co-operation in first instance via Japanese/European workshops.”

The combination of his excellence, openness, and friendly and relaxed contact with everyone made him a giant in the international superconducting electronics field. After his retirement, he fully stopped working in superconducting electronics. In the following years, I had contact with him from time to time, but then on a strictly personal basis. We will miss him badly.

Horst Rogalla

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