George O. Zimmerman

October 20, 1933May 6, 2019

George O. Zimmerman, Ph.D., born in 1935 in Katowice, Poland, was a scientist, researcher, inventor, professor emeritus of physics and former physics department chair at Boston University. He achieved his PhD in solid state physics in 1963 at Yale University and came to Boston University in the fall of 1963.

His major contributions in physics include discoveries in Condensed Matter and Solid State Physics, phase transitions at ultra low temperatures, magnetically intercalated graphite compounds, Jahn-Teller materials, and applied superconductivity and modeling. He was also well known for his popular lectures on physics, hands-on advanced laboratory lectures and a Summer Research Internship Program for High School students which he developed and still exists.

He enjoyed classical music, photography and was a source of wisdom and support for his colleagues and his friends. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Isa.

Funeral service will be held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 1668 Beacon Street, BROOKLINE, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private.


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    Wednesday, May 8, 2019


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Kun Geng

July 27, 2019

Prof. Zimmerman was such a gentleman, a good mentor, as well as a great mind. He and his lovely wife chatted with me about my new industry career in 2017 when I was entitled PhD Physics. He was very sharp and joked about his new car being smarter than himself when I tried to explain autonomous driving technology to him. It is so hard to believe he has just left us. Rest in peace, Prof. Zimmerman! I miss you!
Your student and friend, Frank Kun Geng


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