This page is intended to provide some
records of Gen Shirane's remarkable career in neutron scattering, and
reminiscences of Gen as a scientist and as a person.
Photo by: Roger Stoutenburgh
He was simply a man on a mission,
To use neutrons, a product of fission,
To put on display the games crystals play,
And swept us along in addition.
... by John Axe.
Here is a list of Gen's
highly-cited papers associated with work at the HFBR.
Here is a full list of
Gen's publications (> 700!; 40 pp.; 468 kb).
Video Footage and Photos of Gen
Gen Shirane: A Tribute, February 12, 2005. (This is a RealPlayer
streaming video, approximately 90 minutes in length; click here if you need
Neutrons, Phonons and John Axe by Gen Shirane, a
tribute given at the John Axe Symposium, September 18, 1998. (This
is a streaming video in
approximately 25 minutes in length.)
Some Recent News and Highlights in Gen's career
Celebration in honor of Gen
Shirane's 80th birthday (July 2004)
Gen Shirane receives award from the Japanese Society for Neutron
Science (Dec. 2003)
Gen's 65th Birthday Celebration (1989)
At the time of Gen's 60th birthday, Marie Grahn (the group
secretary at the time) had organized a celebration, with cake, in the
Physics Department's Lounge. According to Marie, Gen started to walk
into the room, saw the party in his honor, turned on his heel and left,
never to return.
Based on that experience, John Axe and Steve Shapiro began early to convince
Gen that a symposium in honor of his 65th birthday would be good for the
neutron scattering program at Brookhaven. Fortunately, Gen acquiesced.
As part of that celebration, a booklet containing some reminiscences was
prepared, and they are reproduced here.
Gen's Career, John Axe and Steve Shapiro
Early Years: Ferroelectric Phase
Transitions and Perovskites, B. Chalmers Frazer
Watch Out for Buddha-like
Smiles, Jens Als-Nielsen
"Genecdote", Vic Emery
Twenty Years of Fun with Gen,
Robert J. Birgeneau
Structural Phase Transition in SrTiO3,
Process of Structural Phase
Transitions, Y. Yamada
obituary has been written for publication in Neutron News.
In Memoriam: Gen Shirane, Physics Department -
Brookhaven Bulletin, January
28, 2005, page 2
Gen Shirane, 80, giant in field of neutron research - Newsday,
January 26, 2005.
A Memorial tribute was held February 12, 2005.
Physics Today, November, 2005 (on-line account required for
access to article)
Shirane Awards Presented
At the International Conference on Neutron Scattering (ICNS-2005) held in
Sydney, Australia, four awards were given to students and young scientists
in honor of the late Gen Shirane, a Senior BNL Scientist and leader in the
international neutron scattering community.
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