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In Memoriam

Honoring Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows and their contributions to the institution.

Harold Britt

Harold Curran Britt, 84, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Easton, Maryland. Harold, known as “Chip”, was born on September 14, 1934 in Buffalo, NY. He was the son of the late Harold W. Britt and Mary C. Britt.
He grew up in small towns in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. After high school he attended Hobart College. He was awarded a Master’s Fellowship to attend a physics program at Dartmouth College. During this time he married the former Donna Case. After completing his Master’s degree at Dartmouth he was accepted to a number of Ivy League graduate schools. He chose to attend Yale on a research scholarship because they had a new kind of nuclear accelerator just coming on line and he wanted an opportunity to work in completely unexplored territory. He finished his PhD in three years with two major papers published in leading journals.

During his career he worked for major national laboratories including Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore. In his early years he was working on the fundamental physics of the fission process. As his career progressed he often managed research groups and accelerator complexes interfacing with colleagues around the world. He and Donna traveled frequently to many countries, including Germany, Denmark, Russia, and China, where he offered his expertise. He also served as a program manager in the Nuclear Physics Office at the Department of Energy, followed by running the nuclear science division at Lawrence Livermore. He then worked for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. and eventually retired in 1995. After retirement he did consulting work for DOE and Livermore.

After moving to St. Michaels, Chip volunteered as a docent at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and was recognized for serving over 1000 hours. He was also involved with the Academy for Lifelong Learning, where he taught scientific courses. He also served on the board of the St. Michaels Museum and led historical walking tours in St. Michaels.

Chip and Donna had one child, Beth, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4, and remarkably survived until the age of 11. He was predeceased by his sisters Sally L. Wilson and Marilyn Merchel Harding. Late in life he was blessed to meet Barbara Anne MacInnes. They were married in January 2018 and made their home in Londonderry in Easton. They had four wonderful months together in their new home. Barbara passed away unexpectedly in May 2018.


Norman A. Kurnit passed away in Santa Fe on February 6, 2019.

He received his Bachelors from Columbia College in 1961 and then attended Columbia University where he received both his MA (1962) and PhD (1966) in Physics.

His thesis research resulted in the first observation of photon echoes and their application to the study of relaxation processes. He remained at Columbia as a research associate and instructor until 1968, when he joined the Optical and Infrared Laser Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a research associate.

While at MIT, he served as assistant professor of physics from 1969 to 1975. His research interests included other coherent transient phenomena, as well as the application of continuous wave nonlinear saturation techniques to the study of molecular relaxation processes and to laser stabilization and precision wavelength measurement.

In 1975 he became a staff member at LANL, where he worked on applications of Raman and Brillouin scattering, four-wave mixing, and phase conjugation, primarily for CO2 and excimer laser development. He was inducted as a Lab Fellow in 1983.


 Malcolm Andrews

Dr. Malcolm Andrews was an expert on Rayleigh-Taylor mixing and unstable or turbulent fluid flow processes that are critical to the predictive quality of the nation’s stockpile stewardship. He was group lead for XCP-4 (Methods & Algorithms), ASC project lead for Mix & Burn & National Security Fellow at LANL. He was Executive Advisor to the NNSA in Washington DC over the past few years. Andrews received an E.O. Lawrence Award in 2007 “For pioneering contributions in the area of fluids instabilities and turbulent mixing with expertise spanning the realms of theory, numerical simulation, and experiment.”

Dr. Andrews was born in 1958 in Coventry, England. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Mathematics from Oxford University in 1980, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, in 1986. Andrews was a lecturer at Princeton University from 1986 to 1991, and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University for 15 years. Malcolm joined LANL in 2005, and resided in CCS-2 as a Scientist 5, leading and performing projects related to mixing until 2010 when he joined XCP. He has published more than 200 papers &holds four patents. He was Chief Editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s Journal of Fluids Engineering, Fellow of ASME & Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. Over the past four decades Andrews has made a broad and penetrating set of contributions in buoyancy driven mixing by Rayleigh-Taylor in ICF capsules, oil-trapping salt domes, turbine blade cooling, Bridgeman crystal growth, fuel spray disintegration, and micro-encapsulation of active agents. He spun many insights lead to significant contributions across several allied fields, including heat transfer (heat exchangers, radiators) and multiphase flows, sprays and deposition.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Farzaneh Jebrail of Santa Fe, NM and his daughter Miss Nasim Andrews of Los Angeles, CA. He was a brilliant, warm and generous human being and a wonderful husband and father. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, and traveling and made uniquely positive contributions to many lives as a mentor, colleague and friend. His brilliance, wit, and love will never be forgotten. He is sorely missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.

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