In Memoriam, Thomas Kuo
Kuo arrived at Stony Brook in 1968 and retired in 2013, but remained active in conducting
research until last year. He will be missed by many of his colleagues and students
here at Stony Brook, and in many parts of the world. Kuo's work was primarily in nuclear
structure, the intricate aspects of nuclear matter, few nucleon systems, and lately
on strongly coupled Fermi systems at the unitarity point. His work on the so-called
Kuo-Brown interaction has impacted the work of a generation of nuclear physicists.
His graduate students went on to leading positions, most notably director of Los Alamos
National Laboratory and faculty positions around the world.
He was a beloved teacher, with a number of teaching awards from Stony Brook University
and he was a co-editor for World Scientific. Originally from Taiwan, Kuo graduated
from University of Pittsburgh in 1964, and carried his first postdoctoral fellowship
at Princeton University, before joining Stony Brook. He is survived by his wife Anette,
son Philip of Setauket and daughter Elaine of Ithaca.
A memorial is scheduled at 10AM on Saturday September 16, 2023 at the Moloney Funeral
Home, 132 Ronkonkoma Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.
In Memoriam, Amos Yahil
Emeritus Professor Amos Yahil, who retired in 2008, sadly passed away on August 25,
2023 after a short battle with AML. He was an early member of the Astronomy Group
in the Earth and Space Sciences Department, joining the faculty in 1978 prior to becoming
a professor in Physics & Astronomy.
He was born in Israel; his mother was an eminent Holocaust historian and his father
was an Israeli diplomat who had many important assignments including the Israeli ambassador
to Sweden. He received his doctorate in 1970 from Caltech in elementary particle physics
and began studying cosmology as a postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
His 1974 report on the existence of an extensive quantity of intergalactic “dark matter”
(published together with Ostriker and Peebles) is honored by the American Astronomical
Society as one of the most important scientific publications of the 20th century.
At Stony Brook, he led efforts to enhance computational resources in the Department
and developed important algorithms for reducing noise, enhancing images and detecting
high-redshift galaxies, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984. In 1995,
together with Stony Brook Prof. Kenneth Lanzetta and Alberto Fernández-Soto, Yahil
discovered the two furthest galaxies known at the time.
In addition to over 100 publications with more than 10,000 citations in cosmology
and nuclear astrophysics, Yahil has several patents in image processing that, as CEO
of ImageRecon LLC and PIXON LLC, were used to develop medical imaging software that
Siemens currently uses in the treatment of some 10 million patients worldwide.
Dr. Pérez Ríos Publishes First Book
The book covers all relevant systems: atoms, ions, molecules, and Rydbergs, presenting
a comprehensive introduction to quantum scattering theory and quasi-classical trajectory
calculations, including atoms, molecules, and ions.
Direct three-body recombination is introduced following a classical trajectory approach
in hyperspherical coordinates with applications in cold chemistry scenarios. Finally,
ultralong-range Rydberg molecules are presented alongside their decay mechanisms.
Congratulations to Dr. Pérez Ríos on this accomplishment! For more details about his
research, please see his faculty profile here.