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Richard F. Wallis


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Richard F. Wallis Obituary
May 14, 1924 - September 10, 2015 Dr. Richard F. Wallis, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of California, Irvine, died on September 10, 2015, in Newport Beach, California, at the age of 91. Born May 14, 1924 in Washington, D.C., he received degrees from George Washington University and the Catholic University of America. After several years with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, he served as Head of the Semiconductor Branch of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory before joining UCI in 1966, where he served twice as Chair of the Physics Department. A theorist, his earliest research activity began in chemical physics. At the Naval Research Laboratory, his investigations turned to magneto-optical phenomena and surface physics. In later years he studied nonlinear excitation in solids and the theory of solid state batteries. A pioneer in condensed matter physics, he edited and co-authored many publications, including three books. For his contributions Professor Wallis was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. A respected scholar and teacher, he mentored many Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. A devoted Francophile, Professor Wallis had a close association with the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, offering him the excuse to enjoy his favorite city, Paris. Professor Wallis is survived by his wife, two daughters, and two grand-daughters. A great husband, father, and friend, and a gentleman to all, Professor Wallis will be missed by all who knew him and remembered for his kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, intellect, and strength of character.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 13, 2016
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