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In Memoriam: Michael Marx

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M MarxProfessor Michael Marx, from Stony Brook’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, passed away on August 2, 2011.

Marx formerly served as Associate Dean for Budget and Operations for the College of Arts and Sciences and as the Associate Vice President for Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Affairs. In this role, he worked to support, develop, and enhance the relationship between Stony Brook and BNL.

Marx has a history of collaboration with BNL and its scientists that spans almost 40 years. He conducted his MIT dissertation research at BNL, studying proton-antiproton annihilations, and then joined the BNL staff in 1975. At BNL he worked on rare K-decays, total cross-section measurements (at FermiLab), and helped develop the detector for measurements of elastic scattering of neutrinos from electrons and protons.

MArx joined the faculty at Stony Brook in 1980 and continued his strong collaborations with BNL scientists—on neutrinos, the development of the enormously successful D0 experiment at FermiLab led by Paul Grannis, and then the development of the experimental program for the Superconducting SuperCollider. During the next decade, Marx served as Deputy to Sam Aronson (now BNL Director) during the construction phase of the PHENIX experiment at RHIC, and then as project manager for the KOPIO experiment in the NSF-funded RSVP project. Furthermore, he was instrumental in initiating a joint BNL-Stony Brook Center for Accelerator Science and Education.

In commemorating the numerous contributions that Marx has made to SBU and BNL, Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr.,
M.D., said, “I had the privilege to work with Michael in his capacity as Associate Vice President of Brookhaven Affairs. He was tireless in his efforts to bring Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory together to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness in generating new knowledge and the high impact discoveries that transform fields. Michael’s unqualified devotion to Stony Brook and Brookhaven made him an ideal and highly successful advocate for cooperation between the two institutions. He was an excellent colleague and friend, and will be missed.”

The University has set-up a scholarship fund in Professor Marx’s honor. Donations will be used to offer fellowships to graduate students
involved in collaborative research with Brookhaven National Laboratory. Donations should be made payable to the Stony Brook Foundation, and mailed to:

Michael Marx Memorial Fund
C/O Brian Woods
488 Administration Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11790

A memorial service will be held at Stony Brook University in October 2011; more information will follow as details become available.

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