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In Memoriam: Dr. Peter M. Richards

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Former KU Physics and Astronomy Professor,  Dr. Peter M. Richards, died June 25, 2016 in Salem, Oregon of complications of dementia. He was 81 years old. Peter earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. from MIT. After postdoctoral years at Pisa and Oxford he joined the University of Kansas Physics and Astronomy Department, where he conducted experimental and theoretical research on magnetism in condensed matter systems between 1964 and 1970. Then he moved to Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque as senior scientist until retirement. His extra-curricular passions were running— including the Boston Marathon and San Francisco’s Bay-to-Breakers— and later mountain biking. He is survived by his wife Bette, a son Alec, and daughters Gwen and Margaret.