Cambridge, Massachusetts

1926 - 2018


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WILSON, Richard "Dick" Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics Emeritus at Harvard University, died on May 19, 2018, in Needham, MA. Dick will be remembered for his scientific work, student mentorship, principled humanitarian and environmental stands, and interdisciplinary connections across...

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I met Dick in 1994 when I took his graduate course Risk Assessment in Engineering and Biological Systems as a Special Student preparing to apply for the Ph.D. program. Dick had an enormous range of research interests from which he chose examples for this course, which made the course one of the most interesting I have ever taken. Little did I know that this was only a small part of Dick's actual range of research interests.

Dick became my PhD advisor and thesis committee chair, and...

The obituary for Dicks' beloved wife, Andree Wilson, who died Oct. 15, 2016,can be found at

Dear Chris and Family: I am saddened for you with news of your dad's passing; and hope your memories and the love you share will comfort you and give you peace. Your dad certainly was a talented and accomplished man in many arenas; and the loss is great. Thinking of you with love and admiration.

My sincere condolence to the family may you find comfort in the God of all comfort during this difficult time.

It was a great pleasure to know Prof. Wilson and a privilege to participate in research with him. His encouragement and light-handed, wise advice motivated me through periods of self-doubt. I will especially remember him for his principled nature. Though many of us who participate in science are strongly committed to our beliefs, he stood out for the effort that he put into translating those beliefs into socially conscience action.

I'm reminded of this article in which Prof....

Professor Wilson, thank you so much for your kind help at Harvard.

I received with great sadness the news of the passing away of the late Richard Wilson, or Dick as he was called by many of his friends and colleagues. He was indeed a great man in so many ways. A Renissance , giant and and prolific scientist, always there for all people and at all times, a great mind with the spirit of a saint. His love for science and people, and his unshakable believe in the common human values, which he practiced always to the fullest, had profound impact on...

I knew Dich Wilson since 1988 when my wife, son and myself were oermitted by Gorbachev to emigrate to the USA from the USSR. Before that year I heard several times about Richard from Prof. Andrey Sakharov in Moscow. In USA we had many meetings and interesting discussions Richard was a great scientist with wide fields of interests. He was not only productive but extremely productive. He gifted me his memoires and I read it with great admiration. Please accept my deep condolences.

It was a great honor and joy to share Dick's passion for justice and human rights. Please accept my sincere condolences. He was a great man, whose work with Russia and Bangladesh (among other places) was invaluable.