Andrei Lipson, Russian Researcher,
Dies November 1, 2009
Andrei Lipson at ICCF15, Rome, Italy,
(Photo by Marianne
Dr. Andrei G. Lipson, a physicist from the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, died during the evening of Sunday, November 1 at the age of 52 of what his colleague, nuclear physicist Alexei Roussetski described as a result of “cardiac insufficiency.” Roussetski wrote, “All the Russian CMNS community grieves about this loss,” and that as co-researchers with Lipson, “Professor (Ivan) Chernov and I will try to continue our common projects in memory of our friend.” Lipson had been working at his mother’s home in Voronezh, south of Moscow, on a paper that he and Chernov were preparing to be submitted for publication.
Lipson was born on December 3, 1956. He is survived by his wife Natalia and daughter Maria, who is studying at the University of Illinois (Urbana).
His area of expertise was condensed matter physics and radiation physics of condensed matter. He was a graduate student in 1985 of the prominent and well-respected Professor B.V. Derjaguin, a non-Communist academician. Derjaguin had done work on neutron emission during the fracture of deuterated solids, known as fracto-fusion, four years before Fleischmann and Pons. Lipson would say the Russians “came to cold fusion before cold fusion existed.”
Lipson worked at first with the Russian Physical Institute and the Joint Institute in Dubla, which was the Russian nuclear center. When it came to his work, he said in a 2007 oral history interview, “I coordinated with people not only in Russia, but all over the world.” He worked in Japan at the New Hydrogen Energy Laboratory in Sapporo, then at Tohoku University with Professor Jirohta Kasagi. Then he worked for several years at the University of Illinois with Professor George Miley. He went on to work with researchers all over the world on collaborative projects, at organizations such as Stanford Research Institute (SRI), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Energetics, etc.
Andrei Lipson’s main area of expertise was nuclear emissions during cold fusion effects, and his interest was in discovering the nuclear origin of those effects. His knowledge and thoroughness, as well as his plain-spoken honesty and openness balanced with vigorous analysis, resulted in him being considered one of the best researchers in the CMNS field. His colleagues spoke of his creativity, honesty and brilliance. His death at such a young age stunned the international community, as he and his team had just presented at ICCF15 in Rome. He had accepted a position at the University of Missouri, and was discussing further collaborations in India, Russia, Japan and the United States. His work and publications will be continued by his research partners, and tributes continue to come in from all over the world.
Mike Melich, Marianne Macy, Chino Srinivasan, Andrei Lipson and Bill Collis on the streets of Rome, October 2009.
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Andrei Lipson's daughter Maria, who is studying art history at the University of Illinois (Urbana), graciously provided the following tribute to her father: "My father’s death came as a huge shock to us all. I talked to him just a day before it happened. It was a good conversation, too brief, but good. He sounded tired, but nothing serious. How could it be? I still don’t understand why this happened and I don’t quite believe that it did. No pain could compare to the pain of losing a father, especially a father like mine. Dad loved me and my mother more than words could describe. He supported me in everything that I have ever done and everything good that I have ever done or will ever do, I owe to him. He had an incredible imagination and passion – that’s what made him a great scientist, as well as a great man, I believe. He could appreciate so many things simultaneously: arts, literature, science, wine, beauty and life. I went into the arts due largely to his influence. He took me to the art galleries in Moscow long before I could say anything coherent about what I saw. He always managed to pull me out of despair, show me the new angles, inspire me and make me want to live, no matter how gloomy my outlook was. My dad was always sincere, honest and loyal in his affections, which is something that’s hard to overlook once you know him. Saying that I will miss him is not to say anything. I have not really lost him because all the great and wonderful things that he’s given me and everyone who knew him can never be lost."
Here are a number of statements from Lipson’s colleagues around the world (printed with permission), which are a testament to his life and work. A more in-depth view of Lipson’s life and work will be forthcoming.
Vittorio Violante: "Andrei was a great friend and an excellent scientist. Recently he visited our laboratory in Frascati. His professional skill, his intellectual honesty, as well as his character, will remain in our memory forever. His contribution to our discipline was extraordinary and spread over the planet. It was a great honor for us, as organizers of the last edition of the ICCF, to have Andrei as a member of the International Advisory Committee and as a member of the Scientific Committee."
Graham Hubler: "He was a true friend and colleague. My wife Dottie and I enjoyed his stays at our home. His humanism, his sense of humor and brilliance in physics will be greatly missed by us and all the NRL staff who knew him well and the entire scientific community."
Jiro Kasagi: "I was deeply shocked to hear of the sudden death of Andrei Lipson. Andrei and I have worked together for more than 15 years since he worked for the NHE project as a Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST) fellow in Japan. He was the person who brought us a discovery of a huge screening potential for DD reactions in Pd and PdO. Just one month ago, we discussed a possibility of future experiments to measure charged particle emissions during electron beam bombardments. Who knew it was the last cooperative work of ours. It is still really hard to believe we shall never see him again. May his soul rest in peace.”
Nataliya Famina, Irina Savvatimova, Yury Bazhutov and Alexander Karabut: "We still cannot believe that Andrei Lipson isn't with us anymore. We have suffered a terrible loss. Andrei was really one of the most talented and active Russian physicists. He was an outstanding man, both professionally and personally and he has done so much for the CMNS/LENR field. He was not only a well-respected colleague but a very dedicated friend, a nice and good-humored person. It is a very painful loss for the Russian scientific community that can never be replaced."
Chino Srinivasan: "I particularly appreciated Andrei's comments and views, which were forthright. He did not mince words. He was a dedicated experimenter who was totally committed to the cause of cold fusion/LENR. I had just introduced Andrei to one of my former colleagues at BARC who fabricates electron accelerators for industrial application and with whom he was corresponding to plan a joint experiment."
Dave Nagel: "It is such a great loss, and cuts short so many wonderful prospects. Andre was a star both professionally and personally. He did marvelous work. And, in my experience, he was a most pleasant and good humored person.”
Mike Melich: "Andrei was not only a great scientist and colleague but a friend in whom trust was easily and appropriately placed...I think that the continuation and completion of the work is a fitting memorial."
Francesco Celani: "I, and several of my colleagues in Frascati, know Andrei very well because of his tireless work on CMNS studies. Sometimes we even collaborated or had very open discussions on some specific experiments of measuring procedures. The result of such long and direct discussions were always useful to the progress of cold fusion. He was a passionate and true scientist. His opinions about the organization of ICCF conferences were always useful...Our community has lost a clever scientist."
Akito Takahashi: "Andrei Lipson has been a true scientist to explore the truth of cold fusion and condensed matter nuclear science, as far as I know, since early 1989. He has been active for 20 years in Russia, Japan (NHE Sapporo, Osaka, Sendai, Tokyo-Yokohama), USA (many places), Europe (Italy, France), China (Beijing) and others. He has been a good friend of so many people in the community. Needless to say, he has made a great contribution for progress in CMNS/CF/LENR. The search for nuclear evidence such as charged particles and neutrons has been his expertise contribution. He was one of the most active researchers. He has been an executive council member of the ISCMNS, and a continuing member of the IAC for ICCF series conferences. Too young to die and we will miss him.”
Peter Hagelstein: “I will miss him. It is painful losing a friend, especially at such a young age.”
David Knies: “I held Andrei's work in very high regard. While we only just started working with Andrei trying to develop a better way to analyze CR-39, his concern for controls and verification of each step along the way was refreshing. I make very few friends, and I considered Andrei a friend. He will be missed both professionally and personally. The development of the technique to apply confocal microscopy to Andrei's calibration samples has been taken on by a high school student in New Jersey. We are going to need the communities help to continue this work, as Andrei was our expert, the provider of samples, and the interpreter of his writing.”
Shaul Lesin, Irv Dardik and Alison Godfrey: “We would like to express for the entire Energetics' team our sorrow in losing Andrei. He has worked with us for years, been an invaluable collaborator and friend. On many occasions, he stood by our side to present the research and support the evidence to power forward in an environment that turns a deaf ear. There will be a permanent void in our lives, professionally and personally.”
Xing Zhong Li: "All members of our community will miss him for his great contribution to searching for the truth in CMNS research…Let’s keep our collaboration and push forward this research."
George Miley: "I have been thinking about my years of association with Andrei and thought I would share a few more comments. I first meet him at an ICCF meeting and was so impressed that I later arranged for him to join us here as a visiting research scientist. That was a brilliant decision on my part! We collaborated on many projects over the next four years. These ranged from thin film LENR calorimetry, CR-39 tracking, and low energy fusion cross sections on to superconductivity, x-ray emission and clusters. Andrei always had great insights, determination and a tremendous work ethic. He made trips back to Moscow off and on to keep up with his research group there and always came back with new insights and also help, e.g. CR-39 tracking film calibrations and new test electrodes. His colleagues and the students here looked up to Andrei. He provided great insights. He was willing to take time out of his busy day to sit down with people to discuss science and their experiments. In addition he was a great human who gained people's complete trust. And he was visibly a wonderful father and husband. Like many CMNS scientists, his research took much of his time, but still he always tried to make time for his family. It is easy to see why we admired him and Maria loved her dad so deeply."
Roger Stringham: "I had the good fortune to have my ICCF15 poster next to Andrei's and we talked. Andrei always had a big presence; he could not help it, he was a natural. In conversations his 'YES, BUT...' said a lot more. I will miss him."
Yury Bazhutov: "Our Russian and international community has suffered a big loss. Unexpectedly and in full blossoming of scientific and business activity, Andrei Lipson has died. Yesterday we buried him after burial service in an orthodox church. His contribution to research of Cold Fusion/Condensed Matter Nuclear Science/Cold Nuclear Transmutation/LENR is well-known from his publications in scientific magazines and international and Russian conferences proceedings. His organizational activity as a part of different international and Russian committees and councils had great value."
Robert Duncan: "I also want to express our shock on hearing this terrible news, and our deep sadness. Andrei had recently accepted an adjunct faculty position in our Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute, and we had great excitement regarding our plans for our future work together. I join with NSEI and others here on campus in our deep sadness on his untimely death. Annie and I consider it an honor to have known him. He was an outstanding scientist and humanitarian."
Andrei Lipson at ICCF15, October 2009. (Photo by David Nagel)
Carlos Sanchez, Andrei Lipson, Tadahiko Mizuno and Xing Zhong Li at
ICCF15, October 2009. (Photo by David Nagel)