Gainesville - Jean Robert Buchler, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Florida, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

Born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on April 4, 1942, he obtained his undergraduate degree in physics "avec la plus grande distinction" from the Université de Liège, Belgium in 1965, followed by a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at San Diego in 1969. He began his career at the California Institute of Technology and later joined the University of Florida in 1974 rising to the rank of professor in 1980.

He published more than 200 articles in scientific journals in English, French and even Latin. Early in his career, he made seminal contributions to understanding the mechanism which produces supernovae, the brightest objects in the sky. Later he turned his energy to the study of pulsating stars and fluid dynamics. He was an enthusiastic teacher, especially in developing and using lively demonstrations to illustrate important physics concepts to undergraduates.

An avid traveler, a connoisseur of fine cuisines and wines, Robert was a man of many interests ranging from playing the flute, to hiking, bicycling and flying airplanes. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues in the physics and astronomy departments.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Danièle; sons, Nicolas (Gisela), Norbou (Emily) and Yasha; granddaughters, Eloise, Natasha and Beatrice; his mother, Emma Buchler; and his brother, Guy Buchler. He was preceded in death by his father, Lucien Buchler.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Baughman Center on the campus of the University of Florida. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Department of Physics, with "in memory of Robert Buchler" written on the check and sent to: Chair, Dept. of Physics, P.O. Box 118440, Gainesville, FL 32611. These contributions will be used to support "Physics is Fun" demonstrations at local schools.

Published by Gainesville Sun from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2012.
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This man helped me so much when I was an undergraduate at UF. When I went to other physics departments around the country Prof. Buchler was the one from Florida people seemed to know.
Doug Barlow
August 12, 2013
I just learn his death, i have very good memories about working and Talking with him during ouf scientific worls . I Will always remenber him as a great scientist and quite a remarkable individual. Rest in peace, Serre Thierry
Thierry Serre
April 21, 2013
Dear Daniele,

So sorry about Robert. I have fond memories of our hike in Aspen last summer.
Clare Yu
December 30, 2012
Danielle: I am sorry to hear of Robert's passing. He was a great scientific colleague and I enjoyed our conversations. My condolences. Paul Bradley
October 30, 2012
Danielle, we fondly remember dinners with you and Robert in Rustique. Dave and Bette Arnett
October 29, 2012
Chere Daniele,
Toutes mes meilleures pensees. De tout coeur.
Mimi Bourven
October 25, 2012

My thoughts are with you. Robert was always full of humor and a great person to work with. He will be missed.
Jay Onifer
October 24, 2012
All below listed former school colleagues from Robert learned with great sadness that Robert passed away much too early. Robert was one of the best of us, as he proved himself through his degrees and remarkable university career. We are not surprised that he even published articles in Latin, but rather by his sports activities. We shall keep him all in best memory.

Besch Arthur
Bidinger Albert
Biwer Marcel
Caron Bernard
Chaussy Léon
Dondelinger Jacques
Fleming John
Hansen Joseph
Heinrich Guy
Helminger Georges
Jentgen Jean
Klein Jean
Klein Jean-Marie
Lamesch Edouard
Nickels Emile
Pesch Robert
Pierrard Ern
Reding Rolphe
Reinard Georges
Ries Edmond
Rollman Marc
Ruppert Charles
Schiltz Paul
Schmit Jean
Spautz Yves
Steffes Jean
Thill Robert
Thyes Fred
Thyes Léon
Thyes Marco
Tompers Jos
Weydert Jean-Marie
Jean N. Schmit
October 24, 2012
Chère Danièle,

Tessie et moi-même sommes atterrés par la disparition subite de Robert. Nous te présentons à toi et à toute la famille nos condoléances les plus sincères et notre plus grande sympathie en ces moments difficiles.
Nous garderons toujours le souvenir d'un vrai ami, ouvert et jovial.
Henri Dondelinger
October 24, 2012
Un souvenir du colloque en son honneur en 2007 à l'Observatoire de Paris ...

We will miss you.
Pascal Fouqué
October 24, 2012
Jeune chercheur à Liège, j'avais eu le plaisir de superviser la thèse de Robert. J'ai eu le plaisir de le revoir par la suite à des conférences. Je l'appréciais énormément. Croyez à ma très profonde sympathie. Claude Mahaux
Claude Mahaux
October 23, 2012
Chère Danièle,
nous te présentons nos très sincères condoléances à l'occasion de la perte cruelle que vous venez de subir. Maisy et moi-même sommes de tout coeur avec toi et tes enfants en ces moments très difficiles.
Jean Schmit
October 23, 2012
Chere Daniele

Our thoughts are with you. Robert was so much fun - he had a love of life that made those around him enjoy more.

Ariane and Greg
October 20, 2012
Dear Danielle, We will always remember all the fun times we had with you and Robert. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Gretchen and Jim
October 20, 2012
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