[Fwd: Sad news]

From: Joseph Formaggio (josephf@MIT.EDU)
Date: Fri Aug 19 2005 - 11:50:42 CDT

I am sad to pass the news that one of the greats --John Bahcall-- has
passed away. His impact on our field was truly one of a kind. He will
be sorely missed.


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Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 17:06:38 -0400
From: Peter Goddard <pgoddard@ias.edu>
Subject: Sad news

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To the Institute Community,

It is with regret that I share the sad news of the passing yesterday
evening of Professor John Bahcall.

John was the Richard Black Professor in the School of Natural Sciences,
and had been with the Institute since 1968, when he arrived here as a
Member. He was appointed to the Faculty in 1971.

Many of you are familiar with John and his distinguished career, which
is marked by work on models of the Galaxy, dark matter, atomic and
nuclear physics applied to astronomical systems, stellar evolution, and
quasar emission and absorption lines. John was an expert on the elusive
form of radiation known as neutrinos, and was involved for many years
with NASA's Hubble Telescope Working Group.

John was truly a pioneer, who made lasting contributions to the field of
astrophysics. He will be greatly missed, and we extend our deep
sympathy to his wife Dr. Neta Bahcall and their children Safi, Dan and

The Bahcall family asked that we inform the Institute community that
Shiva will take place at the Bahcall family home, 21 Adams Drive,
Princeton, this weekend, on Saturday evening (7-9pm), Sunday afternoon
(4-6pm), and Monday evening (7-9pm).

Peter Goddard

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