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In Memoriam

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George Baker

George Allen Baker passed away at home on July 24, 2018.  He attended the California Institute of Technology where, as a Junior, he came in 4th place in the National Putnam Mathematical Competition.  He completed his PhD in Physics from UC Berkeley in 1956. George then completed a year of post-doctoral study at Columbus University in New York City, and in the summer of 1957 started working for the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.  In the years following from 1962 -1975, George worked and took sabbaticals to San Diego Scripps Institute, Kings College in London, England, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cornell University. 

After returning to Los Alamos in 1975, he visited and worked half time for the Center for Nuclear Studies outside of Paris, France, as well as half time for Princeton University.

His scientific expertise was in the area of Pade Approximates and their application to Ising Models, which are used to measure ferromagnetism in statistical mechanics.  Throughout his career, he published more than 100 technical papers and three books.  As a result of his distinguished national and international research, he was bestowed with the honor of Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow in 1983.  George retired from LANL in 1995.

Besides his scientific research, George traveled extensively, visiting all continents except for   Antarctica. Music was also a great passion for George, playing the trombone and singing in the Church choir.

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