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MAX T. WEISS

1922–2006

Elected in 1986

“For research into the use of ferrites in microwave components, and for extensive contributions to the research, engineering, and development of military space systems.”

BY WANDA M. AUSTIN

MAX TIBOR WEISS died June 10, 2006, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 83. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife Melitta and their three children: sons Herschel and David and daughter Deborah Berkowitz. Other survivors include 19 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and his brother Joseph Weiss. He was predeceased by his eldest son, Samuel.

Weiss was born in Hungary on December 29, 1922, and emigrated to New York City with his family in 1929, just before the beginning of the Great Depression. Like many immigrant families, Weiss’s mother and father pushed education and professionalism as a way for their children to advance themselves in their adopted country. Weiss attended City College of New York from 1940 to 1943, majoring in electrical engineering, and following graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a chief petty officer. When World War II ended, Weis enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946 for his graduate studies; he received his master’s degree in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in physics in 1951.

After receiving his doctorate, Weiss accepted a position at Bell Labs, where he worked for 10 years. While working at Bell, Weiss coauthored a paper with Philip Anderson, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1977. Weiss described his tenure at Bell Labs as “a most wonderful experience…And



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