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(May 3, 1928 - June 12, 2014)

Dr. Richard Lewis Arnowitt, our beloved friend and colleague, was best known for his development of the ADM formalism* (with Deser and Misner) which emphasized a field theoretical (as opposed to geometrical) approach to general relativity resulting in gravitational field dynamics being viewed as a Hamiltonian system. His work** (with Girardeau) applying quantum field theory to the many body problem of liquid Helium was a landmark in the field. Dr. Arnowitt is also well known for his development *** (with Chamseddine and Nath) of the theory of supergravity grand unification with gravity mediated breaking and the mSUGRA model. This work has become the benchmark by which high energy accelerators have come to use as their measure in the search for new supersymmetry physics.

Dr. Arnowitt was born in New York, New York on May 3, 1928, received his BS and MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1948, and his PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 1953 where he was a student of Dr. Julian Schwinger. After graduation, Dr. Arnowitt held positions at the University of California, Berkeley (1952-1954), Institute for Advanced Studies (1954-1956), Syracuse University (1956 - 1959), Northeastern University (1959 - 1986) before coming to Texas A&M University in 1986. While at TAMU, Dr. Arnowitt founded the Center for Theoretical Physics for the purpose of bringing eminent scientists as speakers to Texas A&M University and arrange collaborative activities with them. Throughout his career, Dr. Arnowitt was awarded numerous prizes and honors including a Fellowship in the American Physical Society (APS), a Guggenheim Fellowship, the APS Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics.

*Arnowitt, R; Deser, S and Misner, C W (1962). The Dynamics of General Relativity. Gravitation: An introduction to current research. Witten, L editor. Wiley, NY. Reprinted as arXiv:gr-qc/0405109.
**Girardeau, M. and Arnowitt, R., "Theory of Many-Boson Systems: Pair Theory", Phys. Rev. 113, 755 (1959). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRev.113.755
***Arnowitt, R, Chamseddine, A.H., and Nath, P, "The Development of Supergravity Grand Unification: Circa 1982-1985", Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 27, 1230028 (2012) DOI: 10.1142/S0217751X12300281

Last update: June 16, 2014