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Brandenburg, Dr. George W.
69, of Salem, died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at The Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. Born in Hempstead, NY and raised in Denver, CO and Wilmette, IL, he was the son of the late Walter H. Brandenburg and the late Judith Ebenhack Brandenburg. He earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Harvard University and held appointments researching and teaching particle physics at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, Stanford University, and MIT. He was Director of the High-Energy Physics Laboratory at Harvard for 28 years until his retirement in 2008. Just prior to his retirement he worked on the Atlas Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. He was an avid sailor, pilot, musician, skier, maritime historian and devoted member of First Church in Salem, Unitarian. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ellen Brandenburg of Salem, daughter Anna Brandenburg of Concord, NH and son Peter Brandenburg & wife Krisztina Holly of Los Angeles and brother John Brandenburg of Maple Grove, MN. His memorial service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Star Island Family Retreat and Conference Center, 30 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. For additional information and guestbook, please visit
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 18, 2013
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