Dr. Middleton, Physics
Dr. Roy Middleton, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, died on June 23 at the age of 76 at his home in Media.
Dr. Middleton was born in Atherton, England and earned his B.Sc, from London University in 1948 and his Ph.D. in physics in 1951 from the University of Liverpool in 1951. He was a research associate, at Liverpool Associate from 1951-1955, and research scientist Aldermaston, U.K. from 1955-1963. He joined the Penn faculty in 1963 as a visiting professor, and became a professor of physics in 1965 and became emeritus in 1996.
Dr. Middleton was a Fellow of the American Physical Society, won a Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1969, and was a recipient of the Bonner Prize for outstanding research in nuclear physics in 1979.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Lee Middleton; daughter, Anne Elizabeth Middleton Becker; son, John Lee Middleton; and two grandsons.
Contributions can be made to the Delaware County Hospice, 5030 State Road, Suite 3001, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.
Dr. Wolf, Electrical & Systems Engineering
Dr. Martin Wolf, professor emeritus of electrical and systems engineering, who pioneered the development of solar-energy technology, died of cancer May 20 at his home in Princeton at the age of 81.
Dr. Wolf joined the department of engineering in the 1970s. In addition to his teaching duties, he helped found the school's Center for Energy Management and Power and explored the use of solar-energy systems as practical alternative energy sources. After retiring in 1988, he taught part time until 1993 and was an adviser to students competing in the Sunrayce, a competition of solar-powered vehicles from Florida to Michigan.
In the 1960s, Dr. Wolf was general manager at Heliotek, a producer of solar cells in Sylmar, CA, where he worked with NASA to use solar cells on satellites. He continued to develop solar-cell technology for space applications as a manager for five years at RCA's astro-electronics division in Princeton, N.J., before coming to Penn.
A native of Wuppertal, Germany, Dr. Wolf earned the equivalent of bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Georg-August University in Goettingen, Germany. He came to the United States in 1952 as a project engineer for Admiral Corp. in Chicago. He later worked for Hoffman Electronics Corp. in El Monte, CA.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Sermond; two sons, Thomas and Michael; two daughters, Dorothy Butler and Margaret Babinowich; and seven grandchildren.
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