This page is dedicated to Professor Raul A. Stern who passed away, following a long illness on June 22, 2008. Professor Stern came to the university in 1978 and was a valued member of the University of Colorado Boulder community. His contributions spanned departments. In his time at our campus we benefitted from his research, professorship, and mentorship.
He was born on December 26, 1928 in Bucharest, Romania and died on June 22, 2008. Professor Stern attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a B.S as well as an M.S. in 1952 and 1953. Later, he earned his Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of California, Berkeley in Aeronautical Sciences. Professor Stern, an expert in plasma physics, was hired jointly into the Departments of Astrogeophysics and Physics in 1978. He continued as a member of the Department of Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences during its existence (1982- 1996). From 1996 until his retirement he was a fellow of the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies as well as a member of the Department of Physics.
Professor Stern was highly invested in the broader plasma science community and served outside the CU-Boulder at institutions such as the California Institute of Technology as a Sherman Fairchild Fellow, the Ciba-Geigy Research Lab in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Institute of Plasma and Fusion Research at UCLA. In addition, Professor Stern devoted time to mentoring young scientists and helped launch many successful careers.
Professor Stern's research included wave and shock propagation, nonlinear properties, instabilities, transport, turbulence, stochastic processes, plasma diagnostics, and negative ion plasmas. He collaborated with many groups outside of Colorado, including: the Physics Department at the University of California, Irvine; Physics Division and Meson Physics Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory; Center for Research in Plasma Physics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland; Laboratory for the Physics of Ionized Matter at the École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France; Applied Physics Department at the California Institute of Technology, Physics Department at UCLA; Plasma Turbulence Group at the Université de Provence.
The Center for Integrated Plasma Studies is grateful to have had Professor Stern as one of our members. His passion for plasma physics research lives on through the efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff. We are indebted to Ruth Stern, Professor Stern's wife, for providing the Physics Department with a scholarship in his honor, the Raul and Ruth Stern Scholarship. Through this award young scientists of plasma physics will be supported in their studies making it possible for the development of great future scientist, researchers, and discoveries.