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In Memoriam: Gareth Thomas (1932–2014)

Gareth Thomas, founder of Berkeley Lab’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) and one of the world’s foremost experts on electron microscopy, passed away on Feb. 7. He was 81. Thomas (pictured in 1966), along with Robert Glaeser and John Cowley, proposed in 1976 the establishment of a national electron microscopy center that would feature microscopes capable of “seeing” atoms. Thomas oversaw the construction of NCEM, which was officially dedicated in 1983, and served as its director until 1991. In 2006, he was named UC Berkeley’s Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. More>