Dr. Mann, Physics

Dr. Alfred K. Mann, professor emeritus of physics in the department of physics & astronomy in the School of Arts & Sciences, passed away on January 13, 2013, at age 92.

Dr. Mann was one of the three original members of the Penn Experimental High Energy Physics group and played crucial roles in a number of neutrino physics experiments. His interests were in elementary particle physics and astrophysics. In astrophysics, his interests were in supernovae and the sun, and in the energy generating mechanisms of the extraordinarily luminous objects gamma-ray bursters and active galactic nuclei as possible sources of the highest energy cosmic rays and UHE neutrinos.

Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Mann taught at Columbia University. He joined Penn in 1949 as assistant professor of physics, was promoted to associate professor in 1952 and to full professor in 1957.

He served on the Board of Trustees of the Associate Universities, Inc. from 1970-1983, and the Universities Research Association, Inc., 1979-1984. He was chairman of the executive committee of the division of particles and fields of the American Physical Society in 1983.

His honors and awards included the US Naval Ordinance Development Award, the Asahi Prize and the Rossi Prize from the American Astronomical Society. In addition to being a Guggenheim Fellow in 1981-1982, he was a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the New York Academy of Science.

He was the author of Shadow of a Star: The Neutrino Story of Supernova 1987A.

Born in New York, Dr. Mann was a graduate of the University of Virginia, earning his BA in 1942, his MS in 1946 and his PhD in 1947.

Dr. Mann is survived by his wife, Lucille; his children, Stephen P., Cecile and Brian; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to: The AccessUVa Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia, www.virginia.edu/financialaid/access.php