Henry Kraybill (1918-2013)

(c) AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
October 12, 2013
Henry Lawrence Kraybill, PhD. Physics, Yale University (retired), passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at age 95. He was born to the late Henry Reist and Mary Ruth Grove Kraybill in Washington DC on April 13, 1918. He served in WWII while stationed in England as a meteorologist for the Army Air Corps, reaching the rank of Captain. After the war he attended the University of Chicago and received his Doctor of Physics in 1948. His career from 1948-1984 at Yale included trips to Peru in support of the early efforts to organize the Geo-Chronometrics Lab for Carbon 14 dating. He also designed the optics system for the High Energy Particle Research carried out at both Brookhaven and Argonne National Laboratories. As a teacher, he enjoyed sharing his love of science with others. In retirement he pursued his strong belief in environmentalism and social justice by supporting indigenous peoples of the world. His personal hobbies included fly fishing with split bamboo rods that he restored himself, walking in nature, and reading.
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