John E. "Jack" Fischer 

John E. “Jack” Fischer John E. Fischer, 72, Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, died on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at his home in Swarthmore after a decades-long battle with complications arising from polycystic kidney disease.  He was recognized as a world leader in the science and engineering of carbon-based materials and was cited as one of the world's top 20 scientists in the field of nanotechnology.  His seminal studies of the physics and chemistry of carbon-based materials provided the basis for many advances in battery and energy storage technologies.  Throughout his career, Jack authored more than 400 papers in the scientific literature, received numerous awards that included Fellowship of the American Physical Society, presented more than 200 invited lectures at national and international meetings, and mentored dozens of young undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral scholars.

Jack graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering.  He took a postdoctoral year (1966-67) in Paris at l’École Normale Supérieure (learning to speak fluent French in the bargain) and, after doing research for a number of years at Michelson Laboratory in China Lake, CA, joined the faculty at Penn in 1973, first in Electrical Engineering and later (1984) in Materials Science and Engineering. 

Jack is survived by his wife Linda (née Mammano), sons John, Jr. and Jason, daughter Ruth, grandsons Quinlan and Garrick Schultz, and sister June Roos. 

Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at: 

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