On September 28, 2003, Prof. Marshall Rosenbluth, a towering figure in the field of nuclear fusion and plasma physics, passed away aged 76. His life in fusion spanned more than 50 years. Born in Albany, New York (US), he graduated from Harvard in 1946 and worked for his physics PhD at the University of Chicago. After having published the Metropolis algorithm together with a small group of Los Alamos physicists, he joined General Atomics in San Diego in 1956 to pioneer fusion energy. Rosenbluth also held a professorship at the University of California at San Diego, joined the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and directed the Institute for Fusion Studies at the University of Texas. As a member of the ITER Joint Central Team he contributed to the physics definition of the project. His many publications in plasma theory have influenced nearly every aspect of plasma physics and he was awarded several prizes, such as the US National Medal of Science and the Hannes Alfvén Prize of the European Physical Society (see Newsletter September 2002).

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