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Minoru M. "Mino" Freund

Resident of Los Altos

Passed away Jan. 17, 2012, just two weeks shy of his 50th birthday. Born in Pennsylvania Mino graduated in 1990 with a PhD degree in Solid State and Low Temperature Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich.At NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA, Mino was director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Aerospace Materials and Devices.

Previously Mino was an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, a research physicist with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH, and principal investigator at the SETI Institute. At NASA Ames he developed projects for nano-material applications, specifically neuroscience.

Mino died after a 2 ½ year battle with brain cancer, which he chronicled on his blog "A Little Detour" (www.minofreund.org). He is survived by his parents, Friedemann Freund and Hisako Matsubara, also of Los Altos.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Big Basin State Park, www.calparks.org, or sent to CSPS, 50 Francisco St., Suite 110, San Francisco, CA 94113, Attn: Davida Hartman. Memorial service arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 31, 2012
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