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Distinguished atomic physicist and spectroscopist William Clyde Martin, Jr., 83, of Bethesda, MD died Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Sibley Memorial Hospital of pneumonia. He was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Cullman, Alabama. He had lived and worked in the DC area since 1957. "Bill" graduated from the University of Richmond in 1951 (B.S. Physics). He went on to earn a M.A. (1953) and a Ph.D. (1956) in Physics from Princeton University. Bill worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD where he was an expert in the spectra and energy levels of rare-earth elements and led the atomic spectroscopy program for nearly forty years. He published over 65 papers in the field. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Silver and Gold Medals for his scientific accomplishments. He also was honored with the Allen V. Astin Measurement Science and Measurement Services Awards at NIST as well as the William F. Meggers Award of the Optical Society of America. He was a Fellow of several scientific societies. He married the late Dolores Moyano in 1959. He is survived by two children: Eric Barraud Martin, also of Bethesda, and Christian Bryan Martin, of Alexandria, VA. He also is survived by one grandchild, Catherine Dolores Martin. He will be buried at Grace Church in Bremo Bluff, VA.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 3, 2013
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