Dr. Kurt Nassau

(Courier News)

Dr. Kurt Nassau, 83, died December 18, 2010. Born in Austria in 1927, he was able to escape to England before the Nazi occupation of that country. Dr. Nassau attended grammar school and university in England before coming to the United States. He served in the army as a medical researcher at Walter Reed hospital, and then earned a Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Nassau joined Bell Laboratories in 1959 where he earned a world wide reputation for his research in crystal growth and structure. He also became a leading expert in the fields of colors in crystals and in mineralogy. He published over 450 articles in peer reviewed journals and held 17 patents. Because of his expertise in color, he was invited to be a member of the committee to redesign the currency in 1991-2. Dr Nassau wrote eight books, covering topics such as crystal growth and color in crystals. One book was devoted exclusively to the topic of color. He also authored the chapter on color for the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Dr. Nassau is predeceased by his wife, Julia.
Graveside Services will be 1pm Wednesday at Temple Sholom Cemetery in Bridgewater. Arrangements by the Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave., Somerville 908-725-3111. To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com

Published in Courier News from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2010