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Kurt Heinrich passes away

Kurt Heinrich, a founding member of MAS, passed away on February 8th, 2015.

Kurt Heinrich, a founding member of MAS, and an author on the original paper applying the lithium-drifted silicon detector to x-ray microanalysis, passed away in Rockville, MD on Sunday, February 8, 2015.  Among Kurt's many achievements was the classic book "Electron Beam X-Ray Microanalysis."

The K. F. J. Heinrich award of the MAS is named after Kurt and recognizes a scientist under the age of forty for distinguished technical contributions to the field of microanalysis.

His Obituary

Resident of Rockville MD for 45 years, died on Sunday February 8, 2015. Husband of Maria E. Heinrich, Father of Silvia (Doug) and Martin (Terri) and grandfather of Lauren, Alexandra and Jack. Born in Vienna Austria in 1921, he emigrated to Buenos Aires Argentina, where he completed his PhD in Analytical Chemistry and then on to the United States where he worked at E.I. Dupont de Nemours in Wilmington DE for seven years and at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) from 1964-1988. Kurt conducted and led research in electron and ion probe micro analysis and served as Chief of International Relations at NIST. He received Silver and Gold Medal awards from the Department of Commerce. No ceremony will be held however if desired, memorial contributions can be made to the charity 'Operation Smile'.

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