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FRENCH, Anthony P. Of Cambridge, formerly of Arlington, February 3, 2017, emeritus professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born in Brighton, England on November 19,1920. Beloved husband of Dorothy Jensen-French and the late Naomi(Livesay)French. Father of Martin French and Gillian Peck.Grandfather of Sara French.Step father of Peter, Christine, Kathryn and Lisa.French was a graduate of Cambridge University,England.During the war he came to Los Alamos.When the War ended, he returned to the UK, where he spent a couple of years at the newly formed Atomic Energy Research Establishment. He later joined the faculty at Cambridge, where he conducted his research at Cavendish and became a Fellow and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1955, French arrived at the University of South Carolina, where he was made chairman of the physics department. He left South Carolina in 1962 to take a faculty position in the MIT Physics Department, where he had been until his retirement in 1991. A funeral service will be held in Christ Church Zero Garden St. Cambridge on Thursday, February 9 at 11AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Online guestbook Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 6117-484-2534 617-547-1500

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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8, 2017.
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May 3, 2017
I only just found out about Tony's passing. I knew him from his involvement in AAPT and his generosity with his time in support of physics teachers. He was a lovely person as well as a highly regarded physicist and physics educator, and will be remembered fondly.
Jerry Touger
March 22, 2017
with Professor APFrench at HARVARD
Author of one of the best textbooks on NEWTONIAN Mechanics, Vibrations and waves, special relariivity, Introduction to quantum physics, a true scholar and formidable friend.
Alfonso Diaz-Jimenez
March 16, 2017
Professor French helped my father Alfonso Diaz Jimenez in Colombia for many years, Thanks to his family for all the support. He was a great Man!
Alfonso Diaz Oyaga
March 11, 2017
One of my best friends during my MIT years. Tony brightened my light and life. So much is not said in obituary. His work with Einstein and Newton. All the first year Quantum Physics students he enlightened. How he played such a key piece in the puzzle of 20th century historywhat he personally witnessed from Brighton through the War, Sputnik era, USC, MIT. A brilliant mind of breadth and depth. And deliciously humble as only an Englishman can be. It was an honor to call him my friend and I'm delighted that he enjoyed his life beyond emeritus professorship with a kindred soul. I'm deeply grateful to have known Tony and that he burned so brightly here on earth.
February 24, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of Tony's death.He taught he at Cambridge, and ran HT1 while I was on HT2, accelerators at the Cavendish. Charlie Barnes was one of his students. After Australia, I followed him to Columbia SC. and we have been in contact spasmodically ever since. He will be missed. Ron Edge
Ron Edge
February 17, 2017
(Tony) A.P. French
We are sending our sympathy to mother Dorothy, and step brother Martin and step sister Gillian and brother Peter, sisters Kitty and Lisa. We are away in New Zealand and sorry to not be with all the family at this very sad time. Our love to all of you, Christine and Marc.
Christine Jensen-Bode
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