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Published September 1997 | Published
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Robert Benjamin Leighton


Robert Benjamin Leighton, a longtime physicist and astronomer at Caltech, died in Pasadena on 9 March 1997 of a neurological disease. Bob was born in Detroit on 10 September 1919 and received his physics undergraduate (BS, 1941) and graduate (MS, 1944; PhD, 1947) degrees from Caltech. He stayed at Caltech his entire professional career, serving as division chair of physics, mathematics and astronomy from 1970 to 1975 and retiring as the Valentine Professor of Physics in 1985.

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