Rosenfeld, who passed away earlier this year, received the Tang Prize for Sustainable Development in 2016 for his many contributions to energy conservation. The Tang Prize Foundation made this documentary film, titled “The Godfather of Energy Efficiency” to honor Rosenfeld’s legacy. Watch>
During the adjournment last week, Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond cited Rosenfeld’s pioneering work to establish the Lab as a leader in energy efficiency research, his service on the Energy Commission, and the “Rosenfeld Effect” that’s kept California’s per capita electricity consumption flat since the 1970s. Watch Skinner’s remarks here, and Thurmond’s here.
The family of energy efficiency pioneer Art Rosenfeld will host a life celebration at 3 p.m. on June 24 at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, which is open to the public. The California Energy Commission will honor his career on March 15 at 3 p.m. in Sacramento (RSVP by March 10). Go here for information on donations or to leave a personal comment.
Alan Roderick Clark — who worked on experiments at the Bevatron, Fermilab, and SLAC that later enabled the first observations of the top quark and charmed particles produced by muons — died after a short illness on Jan. 29 at age 78. More>
Art Rosenfeld, a Berkeley Lab Distinguished Scientist Emeritus who was also known as California’s “godfather” of energy efficiency and has been credited with being personally responsible for billions of dollars in energy savings, died Friday at his home in Berkeley. He was 90. More>
Jaspal Gill passed away Dec. 20. Gill worked as a truck driver in the Facilities Division for the past nine years. He was 42 years old. View remembrances of Gill here.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 7 at noon at the Graham-Hitch Mortuary (4167 First Street in Pleasanton) for William Harris, former head of NERSC’s Computer Operations and Network Support Group. He was among the key staff when NERSC moved from Livermore Lab to Berkeley Lab in 1996. Harris created and led the operations support group until retiring in 2004. More>
Tinoco, who researched RNA folding over a 60-year career, died on Nov. 15 at the age of 85. “The echoes of his discoveries are everywhere in modern biochemistry and biology. He trained generations of RNA scientists, imbuing us with his humility, rigor, and wry sense of humor,” said his former student Jody Puglisi. More>
Harvey (far right) died on Nov. 29 at age 97. He co-discovered element 101, mendelevium, with Glenn Seaborg in 1955. He wrote the first scientific paper on plutonium chemistry during World War II, which caught the eye of Seaborg. At Seaborg’s urging, Harvey joined the Lab in 1953 and served as director of the 88-inch cyclotron and the Nuclear Science Division before retiring.
Leroy T. “Roy” Kerth, who had served as associate director and senior scientist at Berkeley Lab and contributed to the Bevatron and other particle physics experiments at SLAC and Fermi national labs, died in his sleep Nov. 7, at age 87. Kerth had also served as UC Berkeley associate dean and physics professor. More>