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Former Rad Lab Researcher Harold Weaver Dies at Age 99

Weaver, a pioneer of radio astronomy who discovered the first microwave laser, passed away on April 26. A UC Berkeley professor emeritus, Weaver worked on isotope separation at the “Rad Lab,” Berkeley Lab’s predecessor on campus, as part of the Manhattan Project. More>

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Global Cool Cities Alliance Establishes Arthur Rosenfeld Award

The award was established to honor the legacy and impact of Rosenfeld’s advocacy for cooler buildings, cooler cities, and a cooler planet. Rosenfeld, who passed away in January, was a founder of the alliance. Also, the California Energy Commission recently created a video commemorating Rosenfeld’s life.

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Tang Prize Foundation Dedicates Film to Art Rosenfeld

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>

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State Legislators Adjourn Senate, Assembly in Memory of Art Rosenfeld

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.

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Memorials for Art Rosenfeld on March 15 and June 24

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.

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Alan Clark, Former Lab Senior Scientist, Dies at 78 

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>

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Art Rosenfeld, Godfather of Energy Efficiency, Passes Away

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>

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In Memoriam: Facilities Truck Driver Jaspal Gill (1974-2016)

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.

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Jan. 7 Memorial for NERSC Retiree William Harris

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>

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Former Biosciences Affiliate Ignacio Tinoco Passes Away

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>

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