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The Passing of Professor Stanley Prussin

Friday, Sep 18th 2015

It is with extraordinary sadness that we announce the death of Professor Stanley Gerald Prussin.  He died at home in Kensington, California on August 20, 2015 after a lengthy illness.

He received his B.S. (1960) from MIT, and his M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) from the University of Michigan, all in Chemistry.  After postdoctoral work at LBNL, he joined the Nuclear Engineering Department at Berkeley in 1966, where he served until his transition to Professor of the Graduate School in 2004. 

Professor Prussin was internationally recognized in nuclear physics, chemistry, and instrumentation. He was the author of a widely used book, Nuclear Physics for Applications: A Model Approach

After 9/11, Prussin’s research turned towards nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear forensics.  Many of his former students became senior figures in the DOE labs.

Prussin was solicitous for the University’s mission of public education for the broad representation of California’s citizens, and served briefly as Associate Dean for Special Programs in the College.  

In his final three years, he created a new course with Professor Michael Nacht “Nuclear Technology and Policy”, served on an IEEE/APS national study of the Domestic Nuclear Defense Organization, and did pioneering work in nuclear forensics.  He mentored his four remaining Ph.D. students up to the week of his demise.

Professor Prussin is survived by his wife Traudel, herself a chemist and artist, and daughters Stephanie and Alexa.

A memorial for Professor Prussin will be planned later this fall.