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Eugene Haller, Leading Expert in Semiconductor Materials, Dies at 75

Eugene Haller — the founder of the Electronic Materials Program at Berkeley Lab — passed away on June 22 at the age of 75. He was a highly regarded leader in the field of semiconductor materials. Haller’s career spanned more than 30 years, and during that time, he emerged as one of the scientific pioneers redefining the field of materials science and engineering to include semiconductors. More>

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Former Senior Biophysicist John Lyman — Inventor of Lyman Model — Dies at 86

John Tompkins Lyman, a former senior biophysicist at Berkeley Lab who researched the biological effects of ionizing radiation, passed away on May 30 at the age of 86 in Walnut Creek. His widely used analysis and method of optimization for radiation treatment became known as the Lyman Model. There will be a celebration of his life this Saturday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Postino Restaurant in Lafayette. More>

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Tech Institute Gives Posthumous Achievement Award to Former Lab Researcher

As part of its annual alumni awards, the Illinois Institute of Technology posthumously bestowed its lifetime achievement award to Robert Bragg (scroll to seventh entry). . In 1969, Bragg accepted a joint appointment with Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. At the time, he was one of only six African American faculty members on campus. He passed away last October at the age of 98. More>

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Lab’s Smoot and Bousso Quoted on Death of Stephen Hawking

Lab physicist George Smoot, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, said Hawking’s contributions were original and far-reaching, reframing ideas about the origins of the universe and the nature of time and space. Raphael Bousso, a Lab physicist and former student of Hawking, was quoted in a New York Times obituary on the March 14 passing of the scientist at age 76.

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In Memoriam: Maria Elena Garcia (1937-2018)

Former Lab employee Maria Elena Garcia passed away on March 7; she was 80 years old. She worked in the Director’s Office for 37 years in support of three Lab directors — Andy Sessler, Dave Shirley, and Chuck Shank — until she retired on April 5, 1997. Garcia’s service will take place on Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m., at St. Joseph Cemetery and Funeral Center.

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Biosciences Affiliate Stephen Holbrook Passes Away

Holbrook died August 12 at age 68. Holbrook joined the Lab in 1979 and retired in 2012. He shared an office with his wife Libby, also a Biosciences affiliate. Holbrook researched nucleic acid crystal structures, protein structures, prediction of novel RNA’s, and protein complexes. He received a DOE mentor award in 2004. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 4. More>

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Former Lab Physicist Jerry Nelson Passes Away; Symposium Planned

Nelson was a pioneer in the design and development of segmented mirrors that enabled a new generation of large-scale telescopes. He died at his home in Santa Cruz on June 10. He was 73. A July 13-14 symposium that was already planned for Nelson, professor emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, will now serve as a memorial celebration. More>

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Mars Research by Pimentel Recognized With National Historic Landmark

The American Chemical Society honored George Pimentel’s development of the Mars Infrared Spectrometer with a plaque in the lobby of UC Berkeley’s Pimentel Hall. The spectrometers were used on the NASA spacecrafts Mariner 6 and 7. In addition to being an associate director at the Lab, Pimentel was a longtime Cal professor, teaching freshman chemistry until just before he died in 1989. More>

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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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