Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Moment Of Silence For Marcus

His Online Icon (via Mad Magazine)

I never met Marcus in person, but I discussed physics with him at the Physics Forum bulletin board where he presided over the Beyond the Standard Model forum with a special focus on loop quantum gravity (as well as other areas of physics where we shared interests) on countless lengthy occasions for about twelve years and he was always a perfect gentleman while also having great insights into physics.  He was a great mentor and friend.  He joined the board about a year before I did and in that time made about 25,000 comments and started 757 discussion threads.

It is with a heavy heart that I report that he has died of cancer (Friday or thereabouts).  According to his son, "it was esophagus cancer -- we found out about it in September, but by that point it was advanced to a level where not much could be done. We tried anyway -- chemo, radiation, etc. But, well..."

It is a sad day worthy of a moment of silence to reflect on what we shared.  The world is less wonderful without him.

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