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J. Robert Schrieffer (1931–2019) (nature.com)
24 points by headalgorithm 67 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

From the obit in The New York Times:

Late in life, Dr. Schrieffer’s love of fast cars ended in tragedy. In September 2004, he was driving from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, Calif., when his car, traveling at more than 100 miles per hour, slammed into a van, killing a man and injuring seven other people.

Dr. Schrieffer, whose Florida driver’s license was suspended, pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter and apologized to the victims and their families. He was sentenced to two years in prison and released after serving one year.

Florida State placed Dr. Schrieffer on leave after the incident, and he retired in 2006.

Richard Klemm, a professor of physics at the University of Central Florida, who collaborated with Dr. Schrieffer on a research problem in the 1980s, said he had tried to contact him but did not hear back.

“He wouldn’t communicate with anyone,” he said. “He apparently didn’t want to have anything to do with his community any more after what happened.”

I remember going to an interesting lecture by Dr. Schrieffer back in (1997?) where he talked about effectively fractional quantum numbers in the electron wavefunctions in long chained molecules like DNA. I don't think much came of it, but it was an interesting idea.

Here is a review by Frank Wilczek: http://www.frankwilczek.com/Wilczek_Easy_Pieces/330_Fraction...

pretty unbelievable they don't mention this https://www.foxnews.com/story/nobel-prize-winning-physicist-...

In fairness, the obit in Nature is strictly about his career and discoveries. Let's see what the NYT obit looks like. However, thanks for pointing this out. I save obits of notable people, and in this case I concatenated both articles.

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