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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dr. Robert W. Bussard Has Passed

M. Simon on his blog site states that Tom Ligon who worked for Dr.
Bussard has informed him that Dr. Bussard has died.

You can read more about Dr. Bussard on M. Simon's blog. Thanks to Larry
Klaes for the alert.

So far this is the main reference to Dr. Bussard's passing.
Maybe some of you have more information but wanted to pass this along now.
I am sure the news will have it soon.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

Larry Kellogg

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Robert W. Bussard (1928-2007) was an American physicist working
primarily in nuclear fusion energy research. He is the recipient of the
Schreiber-Spence Achievement Award for STAIF-2004.[1] He is also a
fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Dr. Bussard passed away on October 6, 2007.[2] His work will continue as
funding was arranged and received on August 21, 2007 and he was able to
create a staff of physicists to continue.
1 - STAIF-2004 Archives
2 - M. Simon (2007-10-08)
Dr. Robert W. Bussard Has Passed. Classical Values. Retrieved on 2007-10-09.

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Details On Dr. Robert W. Bussard Passing Away
October 9, 2007

Through the grief of those closest to Dr Bussard some details are coming
out. Dr. Bussard was a cancer victim of two kinds who was in the last
weeks enduring radiation and chemotherapy for the disease.

Reports are he worked continuously while in treatment and assembled a
good team to continue the research and development of the IEC fusion
method he has been developing from funding provided by the US Department
of Defense.

When funding for the research resumed Dr. Bussard attracted a friend who
is a PhD plasma physicist recently working at Los Alamos and a PhD whose
experience is in experimentation. Some staff from the previous lab in
San Diego are on their way to join the team.

Dr. Bussard's friends assert that he did everything he could to ensure
that the work on IEC fusion will continue.

This morning M. Simon at Power and Control Blogspot posted an excellent
eulogy that contains a brief list of some of Dr, Bussard�s most
noteworthy work and a strong link list. See:

Of note, Dr. Bussard was a trained engineer and added physics expertise
as working requirements demanded until he became the preeminent magnetic
confinement physicist/engineer in the field. Dr. Bussard gained famed in
his youth for his design of the Bussard Collector that is often referred
to in futuristic science stories.




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