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2015/10/28

In Memoriam

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    As we come to the close of 2015 I would like to celebrate the lives of three prominent members of our Society who passed away this year. They include Joe Goldstein, Ian Hutcheon and Ernst Zinner.



Joseph I. Goldstein, 1939-2015

     Joe Goldstein passed away on the morning of June 27th. Joe was President of The Meteoritical Society for 2007-2008 and was awarded the Leonard Medal for 2005.  He was also a Fellow of the Society since 1968. Joe was committed to the health of the Society, especially the Endowment Committee and was instrumental in establishing the Society's Legacy Program.
    Joe had an exceptional career and received many honors, too many to provide a complete list here. He received the Nininger Meteorite Award in 1965 when he was a graduate student. He was given the Henry Clifton Sorby Award of the International Metallographic Society in 1999. He was elected a Fellow of Microscopy Society of America in 2010 "For his leadership in quantitative SEM and AEM x-ray microanalysis, in application of these tools to materials science, and in the education of generations of microscopists". He received the Duncomb Award from The Microbeam Analysis Society in 2008 for "Excellence in Microanalysis, for Exceptional Science, Service, and Education to the Microanalysis Community" and was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal at University of Massachusetts for Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2007. Joe has an asteroid named for him. The 15 km asteroid 4989 Joegoldstein was named for Joe in 2000.
    Joe received B.S., S.M. and doctorate (Sc.D.) degrees in Metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960, 1962 and 1964, respectively. After receiving his doctorate, he worked for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in the Greenbelt, Maryland, until 1968. He was a professor of Metallurgy and Material Sciences at Lehigh University from 1968 to 1993, was awarded distinguished professor in 1973 and appointed Vice President for Research in 1983. From 1993 to 2004, he was the Dean of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and remained at UMass on the faculty until retiring in 2014.
    Joe is well known in the Meteorite Community for his work on the structure and thermal history of iron meteorites, as well as work with colleagues on metal in ordinary chondrites and other extraterrestrial materials, including lunar (Apollo) soils. He published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored, co-authored and edited ten books on electron beam microscopy and analysis and one on "Phase Transformations in Ferrous Alloys". In honor of Joe, the Microbeam Analysis Society and The Meteoritical Society jointly established an early career development award "to recognize Joe’s exceptional contributions to training multiple generations of microanalytic experts."
    Joe will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, his daughter, Anne Goldstein-Factor and his grandchildren, Sophie and Dov.


Ian Hutcheon, 1947-2015
    Ian Hutcheon passed away on March 26th. Ian was a Fellow of The Meteoritical Society since 1986. He received a BA in Physics from Occidental College in 1969 and earned a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. In 1983 he went to the California Institute of Technology as a Senior Research Associate to work with Jerry Wasserburg, applying Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) to the study of meteorites and their inclusions. (I recall visiting Ian at Caltech when I was a graduate student. I spent a week with him working on the ion probe, analyzing REEs in Calcium-Aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs). Ian was generous with his time, introducing me to SIMS analysis and we had many stimulating discussions on formation of CAIs and other issues in meteoritics. He was a good friend and long time collaborator ever since.) In 1993 Ian went to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he was Deputy Director of the Glenn Seaborg Institute and Group Leader of the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures Group in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division in the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate of LLNL. His work at LLNL was in nuclear forensics but he continued to maintain a vigorous meteorite research program as well.
    Ian made many contributions to isotopic studies of meteorites and dating extraterrestrial materials using SIMS. He was a key developer of Nuclear Forensics as both a field of scientific investigation and a scientific discipline with important applications to national security. He conducted the first NanoSIMS-enabled studies of biological materials. He authored and co-authored more than 200 papers and book chapters, and co-wrote the book “Nuclear Forensics Analysis” with colleagues Pat Grant and Ken Moody.
    Ian received many honors throughout his career and has a mineral, hutcheonite [Ca3Ti2(SiAl2)O12], named for him. Most appropriately, hutcheonite is a garnet mineral found in a CAI from Allende. In honor of Ian, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently established the “Dr. Ian Hutcheon Post-Doctoral Fellowship” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to support research in nuclear forensics as part of The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) National Nuclear Forensics Expertise Development Program.
    Ian leaves his wife of 41 years, Nancy Hutcheon, former Education Coordinator for summer internships in PLS, his children, Douglass Hutcheon and Dana Gordon.

Ian Hutcheon pointing to a Calcium-Aluminum-rich Inclusion in the Allende CV chondrite.
Photo courtesy of Julie Russell/LLNL.


Ernst Zinner, 1937-2015
    Ernst Zinner passed away on July 30th due to complications of mantle cell lymphoma which he had battled for more than 19 years. Ernst was the Leonard Medalist in 1997 and a Fellow of the Society since 1988. He received a Diplom-Ingenieur (equivalent to an MS engineering degree) from the Technische Hochschule in Vienna in 1960 and earned a PhD at Washington University in 1972 in high-energy particle physics. Ernst had an interesting career in the space sciences that started with a chance encounter in an elevator with Robert Walker at Wash U (see Kevin McKeegan’s 2007 bio of Ernst Zinner in Meteoritics and Planetary Science 42, 1045-1054). Bob Walker invited Ernst to work for the newly established Laboratory for Space Physics (later part of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences) as a research associate. In 1989 Ernst was named a research professor in Physics and Earth and Planetary Sciences, a position he held until assuming emeritus status earlier this year.
    Ernst’s research covered a variety of topics including solar wind and the Lunar space environment, ion microprobe instrumentation and techniques, interplanetary dust (IDP) and cometary dust particles, NASA’s Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), Rare earth element analysis, isotope anomalies in Calcium-Aluminum-rich inclusions and hibonites, short-lived radionuclides, meteorite isotope studies and stardust and nucleosynthesis.  He was a pioneer in the application of secondary ion mass spectrometry to extraterrestrial materials and instrumental in the discovery of pre-solar material in meteorites.
    He received many honors during his career. In the same year that he received the Leonard medal, he was awarded the J. Lawrence Smith Medal of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In addition to being a Fellow of The Meteoritical Society, he was elected a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (1991), the Geochemical Society and the European Association for Geochemistry (both in 1998) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011). For his work collecting meteorites in Antarctica with Bill Cassidy’s team, he received the Antarctic Service Medal of the National Science Foundation in 1987.
    According to the Wash U website, Ernst loved classical music, was an accomplishment pianist, played the harpsichord in a baroque music ensemble and played the cello. He is survived by his wife Brigitte Wopenka and his son Max.

Ernst Zinner with the ion probe. Image courtesy of Washington University.
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