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UC Berkeley, for California, and indeed for the international engineering community.”

Outside of academia and research, Newton was an avid reader and student of spiritual and alternative philosophy. Formative visits to Asia and South America inspired a lifelong interest in Eastern Philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism. He was a poet, writer, and occasional painter. Newton lived in Orinda, California, with his German-born wife, Petra Michel, a theoretical physicist and publisher, and their two children, Neris (13) and Amrita (11).

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