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February 2014

In Memoriam: Gareth Thomas (1932–2014)


Gareth Thomas, founder of Berkeley Lab’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) and one of the world’s foremost experts on electron microscopy, passed away on February 7. He was 81.

A native of Wales, Thomas earned his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Cambridge University, and joined the UC Berkeley (UCB) faculty in 1960. He became a UCB professor of metallurgy and a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab, then known as Lawrence Berkeley Lab (LBL), in 1966. At a workshop on electron microscopy held at the Lab in 1976, Thomas, along with Robert Glaeser and John Cowley, proposed the establishment of a national electron microscopy center that would feature microscopes capable of “seeing” atoms.

Read the full Berkeley Lab press release.