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NORIHIKO FUKUTA

NORIHIKO FUKUTA Obituary
Norihiko Fukuta 1931 ~ 2010 Norihiko Fukuta, 78, passed away May 3, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah from renal failure caused by a rare disease known as Goodpasture's Syndrome. Nori was born and educated in Japan and received his Ph.D. from Nagoya University. After doing research in the U.K. and Australia, Nori came to America to continue his research. He became a professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in 1977 and the became a professor emeritus in 2001. He was the world's leading cloud physicist who pioneered in the area of cloud microphysics including nucleations and growth kinetics of all phases in the atmosphere. He explored the basic science of controlling the weather and extensively developed the cloud seeding generator technology. He holds patents in the USA and several other advanced countries. He traveled widely giving seminars and lectures and was acclaimed as an outstanding and inspirational teacher. He was a noted editor of scientific journals and authored two books and numerous articles in reviewed journals. Nori was a skilled skin-diver, an avid tennis player and skier, and an excellent gardener. Nori is survived by his wife, Yoko, one brother and three sisters. The family wishes to thank the staff of Brighton Gardens for the care they gave to Nori during the last weeks of his life. In keeping with Nori's wishes, funeral services will be private.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 9, 2010
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