"Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 17:06:38 -0400
From: Peter Goddard
Subject: Sad News
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 Orli.
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).