David Emil Carlson
March 5, 1942 – October 16, 2019
David E. Carlson, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away October 16, 2019. Born March 5, 1942 to Anna (Salomaa), and Emil Algot Carlson, Weymouth, MA. David attended Weymouth High School, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS in Physics), and Rutgers University (PhD. in Physics). He served as Captain in Pleiku, Vietnam, commander of all communications in the country. He started his career at RCA Labs in Princeton, N.J., became vice president of the Thin Film Div. of Solarex (Amoco subsidiary). Retiring in 2002 as Chief Scientist for BP Solar; he continued contract reviews of grants and proposals submitted to the Dept. of Energy. He was also affiliated with several universities. David had received many honors including the RCA Laboratory Outstanding Achievement Award, The Ross Coffin Purdy Award of The American Ceramics Society, The Morris N. Liebmann and William R. Cherry Awards from The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), The Walton Clark Medal from The Franklin Institute, and the Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, (Jimmy Carter was the first recipient of the award). David was also featured in Who's Who in America; his early solar cell modules have been featured at The Smithsonian, and are held in their collections. Issued 30 U.S. patents with 5 pending, he was the author of 90 technical papers. He is listed under "Timeline of Solar Cells" (1976). David was a member of several professional societies, including the Maryland Geological Society. He also enjoyed collecting fossils. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Ann (Lewinski); son Eric D. of Los Angeles; daughter Darcey C. Leonard, and his precious grandson Jason of Midlothian, VA. He is also survived by twin sisters Barbara Marcellus (David) Webster, N. Y., and Betty Murley (Richard) Hingham, MA; brother-in-law Thomas Lewinski (Patricia) South River, N. J., and eight nephews and nieces. Our husband and father will be greatly missed. Funeral arrangements by Nelsen, Williamsburg will be private for family with no viewing. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in David's memory to the Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project, Donor Care Center, P.O. Box 75854, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.
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David Emil Carlson
Milt and Pat Grannatt
October 30, 2019
Condolences from Pat and me. Dave is a great loss. Our prayers are with you.
October 25, 2019
How the Saloma family will miss our David.He was a great cousin and so brilliant.I am so happy that he and wife Maryann got to travel after retirement. They loved the trip to Egypt and so many other interesting places. He always ready to learn about new things and places. I was always so proud of him.Love,Joie(Joanne Menice)
October 22, 2019
I started my career at BP Solar where Dave was Chief Scientist. He had a true and genuine passion for innovation and for PV. His encouragement, collaboration and support were so important to me, and his contributions to the development of solar technology are truly impressive. Besides this, he was one of the healthiest people I have ever known. He didn't believe in lunch, preferring to exercise instead. My condolences go to his family.
John and Beth Wohlgemuth
October 20, 2019
Beth and I were surprised and saddened when we heard of Dave's passing. We remember Dave as being so active and so engaged in PV technologies. I feel privileged to have worked with him at Solarex and BP Solar.
We were directly involved in getting Dave interested in kayaking. He tried my kayak out on our little pond in Ijamsville and then got his own for fossil hunting.
But most of all we remember meeting with Dave and Mary Ann at the IEEE PV Specialist Conferences and having a Solarex/BP Solar reunion at each.
Dave will definitely be missed by us and the whole PV community.
October 20, 2019
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Dave's passing. I had the privilege of working with Dave at BP Solar. He was passionate, positive, and considerate. He made a huge impact on me, personally and professionally. He was a great person and a huge personality, and I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family. I am sorry for your loss.