Metals and Materials Engineering Prof. Emeritus Fred Weinberg died March 26 in Vancouver after a brief illness with cancer.
Weinberg joined UBC in 1967 and served as department head from 1980 to 1985. While at UBC, he built a strong research program emphasizing experimental studies in solidification, crystal growth and nuclear materials. He was also involved in joint Arts and Engineering programs dealing with the role of technology in society.
Throughout his career he received numerous awards and medals and was a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
A multi-talented man, Weinberg was active in drawing and painting. He was also a musician, taking up the recorder in 1953 and the flute in 1960. The soft tones of flute or flute-guitar duets often pervaded the first floor of the Metals and Materials Engineering Dept. during the lunch hour.
Weinberg is survived by his wife, son, step-son and two step-daughters, a sister and two brothers and six grandchildren.
A "Celebration of Fred's Life" will be held on May 23 at the Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre at 2:30 p.m. Friends and colleagues wishing to remember Fred may send donations via campus mail to the Fred Weinberg Memorial Fund, c/o Prof. Indira Samarasekera, Metals and Materials Engineering.