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Ed Lofgren, Pioneering ‘Rad Lab’ Physicist, Dies at 102

Lofgren, who died on Sept. 6, played key roles in many projects throughout the Lab’s history. He was a close associate of E.O. Lawrence, and chief physicist for the development, construction, and operation of the Bevatron. He also served as associate laboratory director, and was the first director of the Accelerator Division. He retired in 1979. More>

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Sept. 26 Commemoration Event for Physicist John David ‘J.D.’ Jackson

The 9 a.m. to noon event in the Building 50 Auditorium will recognize the contributions of John David “J.D.” Jackson — physicist, teacher, and author — to the Lab and physics community. Jackson, who wrote the popular book “Classical Electrodynamics,” died May 20 at the age of 91. Go here to view a list of speakers, and here for information on a Sept. 24 memorial service.

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In Memoriam: Legendary Lab Physicist Ed Lofgren (1914-2016)

Edward Lofgren (2nd from right), a physicist hired by E.O Lawrence who worked on an early isotope-separating cyclotron, participated in the Manhattan Project, and oversaw the operation of the Bevatron accelerator as its first director when the antiproton was discovered there, died Sept. 5, at the age of 102. A full obit, including memorial service details, will appear in TABL in the coming days.

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In Memoriam: Facilities Retiree James Bruzzone

Bruzzone recently passed away at the age of 83. He worked at the Lab from 1958 to 1995, serving as the technical supervisor of the Labor Shop in Facilities. He spent many years supporting the infrastructure of the Bevatron. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30 at 9:45 a.m. at the Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, followed by a reception.

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In Memoriam: Retired Physicist Jeremy Lys (1938-2016)

Lys passed away earlier this month from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. In 1993 he began particle physics research at Berkeley Lab, joining the group working on the CDF experiment at Fermilab. Later he contributed to the preparation of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He left the Lab in 2013. More>

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In Memoriam: Retired Physicist Howard Shugart (1932-2016)

Shugart joined the Lab in 1965 as group lead of the Atomic Beams Group. His research interests included atomic and molecular beams, low energy nuclear physics, and the experimental determination of the mechanical and electromagnetic properties of nuclei and atoms. More>

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In Memoriam: Geophysicist Valeri Korneev

Valeri Korneev of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 22. Korneev started with the Lab in 1992, researching seismic wave propagation and inversion, with particular emphasis on scattering, attenuation and waveguide theory and testing of those theories using field experiments. A celebration of Korneev’s life will be held at a future date. More>

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AGU Honors the Late Paul Witherspoon With Lectureship

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has announced the “Paul Witherspoon Midcareer Lecturer in Hydrologic Sciences.” Witherspoon was the first director of the Lab’s Earth Sciences Division, serving from 1977-1982. Witherspoon passed away in 2012. Nominations will begin with the 2016 cycle of the AGU Honors program.

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In Memoriam: Retired Engineering Technician Mario Cepeda

Cepeda was a mechanical technician in the Engineering Division. He passed away on Sept. 5. Cepeda started with the Lab in 1976 and retired last year. A celebration of Cepeda’s life will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Music Lovers, 2116 Blake St. in Berkeley.

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ATAP Researcher Michael Zisman Passes Away

The senior scientist with the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division’s Center for Beam Physics died on August 30. He was renowned for designing and building particle accelerators. Details on a memorial will be announced in TABL when confirmed. He started at the Lab as a grad student in 1967 and as a staff member in 1974. More>

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