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In Memoriam (Obituaries) Archive

Donald “Bruce” Montgomery
Friday, July 1, 2022
Mauricio (Mau) de Lima Lopes
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Klaus Irgmaier
Friday, June 28, 2013
Sir Martin Wood
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Lev Petrovich Gor'kov
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Joe Smith, Jr.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Edward Neil Cliff Dalder
Monday, November 15, 2021
Peter Komarek
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Sergey Egorov
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Alexander Dmitrievich Kovalenko
Friday, April 30, 2021
Giovanni Volpini
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Kiyoshi Tsukasa
Friday, January 25, 2013
Robert “Bob” Buhrman
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Leszek Motowidlo
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Henry Blosser
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Ryazanov Alexander Ivanovich
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Eric Gregory
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Gordon Donaldson
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sergey Igorevich Kopylov
Friday, December 25, 2020
Eddie Man-Wai Leung
Monday, August 1, 2016
Michael Wulf
Friday, November 16, 2012
James Wong
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Helen T. Edwards
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Rob McGrath
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Rafael Navarro
Friday, September 25, 2020
Konrad H. Fischer
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Jens Müller
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
John "Jack" F. Mc Donald
Friday, February 21, 2020
Karl Gschneidner
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Carl Henning
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Alvin Tollestrup
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Colmar Hinnrichs
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Akira Tonomura
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Archie MacRobert Campbell
Thursday, November 21, 2019
William E. "Bill" Keller
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Siegfried Wolff
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Francesco Negrini
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Robert John Soulen, Jr.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Milan Polák
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
John Robert Schrieffer
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Herbert Bousack
Friday, November 13, 2015
Marty Lubell
Monday, January 16, 2012
Kamel Salama
Friday, July 12, 2019
Harry (Henry) Jones
Monday, August 24, 2015
Antonio Barone
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Alan F. Clark
Friday, February 1, 2019
William Brownfield Fowler
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Shoji Tanaka
Friday, November 11, 2011
Hans-Georg Meyer
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Viktor Efimovich Keilin
Monday, November 24, 2014
Clyde Taylor
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Kyoji Tachikawa
Friday, December 7, 2018
Koichi Kitazawa
Friday, September 26, 2014
Per Dahl
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Roger W. Boom
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Werner Weber
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Ernst-Helmut Brandt
Thursday, September 1, 2011
William “Bill” R. Shields
Friday, July 13, 2018
Hirosi Maeda
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Igot Yanson
Monday, July 25, 2011
Fernand D. “Doc” Bedard
Thursday, June 21, 2018
James H. Parker, Jr.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Ray Sarwinski
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Vincenzo (Enzo) Palmieri
Friday, March 16, 2018
Olga L. Polushenko
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Hisashi Kado
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Meyer Garber
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Hans Hillman
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Gert Eilenberger
Sunday, November 21, 2010
James Nordman
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Nicola Sacchetti
Saturday, February 1, 2014
W. James Carr Jr.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Henri Desportes
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Leo K. Kovalev
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Michael Tinkham
Thursday, November 4, 2010
John Alcorn
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Alex Shikov
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Praveen Chaudhari
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Edgar A. Edelsack
Friday, May 5, 2017
Nikolai Kopnin
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Alexei Abrikosov
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Jeffrey A. Stern
Friday, October 11, 2013
Zdenek J. J. Stekly
Friday, April 3, 2009
David G. Hawksworth
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Vladimir Pan
Friday, September 20, 2013
Masaki Suenaga
Friday, February 13, 2009
Peter E. Gifford
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Øystein Håkon Fischer
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Hiromi Hirabayashi
Friday, April 11, 2008
Carl Leonard Goodzeit
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
John Clem
Friday, August 2, 2013
Hisao Hayakawa

W. James Carr Jr.

May 6, 1918 to November 16, 2010
Jim Carr (ca 1980)
W. James Carr Jr. Passed Away at 92
November 23, 2010 (HE52).  On November 16th, 2010, Walter James (“Jim”) Carr, Jr., author of the first useful monograph on ac losses in supercondicting composite conductors1 and of many important contributions to the field of magnetism and applied superconductivity, passed away at 92 at home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Jim was born on May 6, 1918 in Knob Noster, Missouri.  He initially intended to be a journalist, but instead enrolled at the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla (now University of Missouri at Rolla), because of a full-tuition scholarship; in 1940 he graduated there with a BS in engineering.  He then entered Stanford University, CA, studied with Frederic Terman and graduated with MSEE in 1942.   Upon graduation he was recruited by the Westinghouse Research Laboratories (later R&D Center) in Pittsburgh to join the wartime effort and was involved in defense projects.  After the war, Westinghouse sponsored his graduate studies at Carnegie Tech (Now Carnegie-Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, PA.  He wanted to study physics to know the "why" behind the engineering.  When told he was too valuable to lose from the lab while getting a PhD, he went over his boss's head and was approved for graduate study with the endorsement that this was exactly the reason why he should have been approved and supported.  He graduated with a PhD in physics in 1951 under Frederick Seitz.
Jim spent all his active career of 43 years at Westinghouse and attained the highest non managerial rank of Consulting Scientist, a rare distinction in that organization.  In 1987 Jim was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow for his contributions to theories of magnetism, and for development of the theory of alternating current losses in composite superconductors.  He also became Fellow of the American Physical Society.  A seminar at the Department of Physics, University of Maryland, features annually a W. James Carr, Jr. memorial lecture.
This Editor first read an important paper on magnetic anisotropy authored by Jim back in 1950s; it strongly influenced my own work at the very beginning of my professional career.  I was thus truly awed when meeting him in person and having the privilege of working on his side some twenty plus years later.  Those of us who knew Jim well admired equally his sharp mind, impeccably logical reasoning and his most courteous gentle manners.  He was a true gentleman.  Even after his retirement he remained quite active professionally; his last paper was published only 3 years ago.  Until very recently he could be often encountered at various professional conferences.  His departure is a big loss; we’ll miss him…

Alex I. Braginski

1W. J. Carr, Jr. AC-loss and Macroscopic Theory of Superconductors, Gordon and Breach, 1983 (second edition in 2001).

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)

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