Bob Lin — In Memoriam

Bob Lin — In Memoriam

Robert P. (Bob) Lin, former director of the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, passed away on Saturday after suffering a stroke the day before.

Among his many activities, he had been serving as the U.S. representative to COSPAR — the Committee on Space Research of the International Council of Science — since 2010. 



Lin spent his career at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC-Berkeley.  His research focused on experimental space physics and high energy astrophysics and he participated in space science missions including Mars Global Surveyor, Lunar Prospector, and RHESSI (formerly HESSI). 

Born in Kwangsi, China on January 24, 1942, he received his B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1962 and a Ph.D. in physics from UC-Berkeley in 1967 where he spent the rest of his career, becoming Director of the Space Sciences Lab in 1998.  He was a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.



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