Martin Raymond Flannery

Born January 8, 1941

Martin Raymond Flannery, 72, Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Georgia Tech, passed away May 2 at his home in Atlanta. Ray led a distinguished career as an innovative theoretical atomic and molecular physicist. Trained at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the golden age of atomic and molecular physics, Ray developed an original research capability that resulted in solutions to problems never before solved, publishing over 170 refereed papers and review articles during his 40 year career. In 1998, one solution brought him the internationally acclaimed APS Will Allis Prize, making him the first in the school of physics to be honored with a major APS international award. Among many other honors, Ray was especially proud of the Distinguished Professor Award from Georgia Tech and the Alumnus Illustrisimus Award from Saint Columb’s College, his formative high school. Ray held an honorary D.Sc. from Queen’s University and was an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy. In addition to Ray’s keen intellect, his vigorous spirit, playful wit and unmistakable Irish accent will be most deeply missed. He is survived by his wife, Jean (Clark) Flannery, his children, Clare Flannery of Hamden, CT, Una (Flannery) Kelley of Arlington MA, Deirdre (Flannery) Fleming of Atlanta, GA, Conor Flannery of San Francisco, CA, and Ann (Clark) Wethington of McLean, VA. Sons-in-Law are Ryan Kelley, Keith Fleming and Travis Wethington. His sisters, Margaret Downs and Carmel Mattison, and brother, Brendan Flannery, live in England. Ray also is survived by six much loved grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, May 10th, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Atlanta. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to The Flannery Prize at Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland (contact Jacqui for giving details), or Johns Hopkins University for Drs. Herman and Acosta, Pancreas Cancer Research Fund (contact Marie Jo for giving details). Online condolences may be made at


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 10, 2013


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Tony Simpao

September 8, 2013

Thank you my Beloved Mentor.......May you rest in Jesus!!!!!!!

Dave Grantier

July 29, 2013

I was privileged to have taken multiple courses with Professor Flannery. His great humor and positive energy could make even the most challenging material something we students always looked forward to. God bless - we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!

Jim Stephens

July 29, 2013

Professor Flannery was a fine man and an inspiring teacher whom I had the pleasure to know in grad school. May God bless him and the Flannery family.

June 28, 2013

Jean, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Martin one time and he was totally delightful. You are in my prayers, sweet lady. Vickie carpenter

Cheryl Clark

May 25, 2013

Ray was one of the most wonderful human beings on planet earth. His eyes literally sparkled when he laughed. It was an absolute joy to be in his company. So many lives have been touched by this one man. My heart goes out to Jean, her daughter, Ray's incredible children, and to all who loved him.

Ben Flannery

May 16, 2013

My great uncle, only met you a few times and boy was i too young to remember them most! the last time i saw you you where bright, full of energy and happy! This is how i will always remember you, the life of the occasion, an incredible man and a tremendously talented individual. If i am half the man you where i will be so proud. you will be missed by all your great nephews in the UK. if there was one word that could sum you up, i'm sure it would be "Terrific". May you rest in peace, say hello to nana for me! Love you, Ben Flannery (Great-Nephew)

Colette Kerr (Rainey)

May 11, 2013

Sorry to hear of Raymond's death. He was a great friend of my brother Sean in Derry.
May God bless his family at this very sad time.

May 10, 2013

Let us remember Ray's sense of humour, his intellectual curiosity, his influence on thousands of students, and the amazing adult children he leaves, who will emulate his presence in their own achievements . . .

Kathy and Keith

Alfred Z Msezane

May 8, 2013

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

P Sharpe ( Isaiah 12:2 )

May 8, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.


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