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David Turnbull died on 28 April 2007
David Turnbull died peacefully at home last Saturday, April 28th, at age 92.
He was for many years Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University. His seminal work included theoretical and experimental studies of nucleation of crystals, the glass transition and the amorphous state, crystal growth, and atomic diffusion.
In 1992 the Materials Research Society (MRS) established the David Turnbull Lectureship to recognize each year the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing. His autobiography and a biography are available on the MRS website.
He retired in 1985 but was active and visited his office on the second floor of Pierce Hall right up until the last six months or so.