Dr. Daniel Grischkowsky | obituary


Dr. Daniel Richard Grischkowsky died on Sunday, June 26, 2022. He was 82 years old. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Stillwater First Presbyterian Church. Interment will precede the service at 9:00 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born on April 17, 1940 in St. Helens, Oregon. He grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon. He received his BS in physics from Oregon State University in 1962. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in 1968. Subsequently, he accepted a research position in physics with the physical sciences department of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. In 1993, he was recruited and accepted a professorship at Oklahoma State University, where his entire lab was transferred from IBM to facilitate his ongoing research.

During his career, he received numerous awards for his achievements and discoveries and was the pioneer in his field of terahertz. In 1985, the Wall Street Journal praised him for his method developed to generate light pulses as short as a few femtoseconds, using a laser and light compressor developed at IBM. The ultra-short light pulses served as “strobe light”, slowing or freezing the apparent motion of molecules, atoms and electrons so that their extremely fast interactions could be studied in detail, which was important for the development of ultra-fast computing components. -fast. we have today. He received the Boris Pregel Prize for Applied Science and Technology (1985) from the New York Academy of Sciences, the RW Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America (OSA) (1989) for the development of the compressor of fiber optic pulses, and the OSA William F. Meggers Award (2003) for the development and applications of THz Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Such THz-TDS spectrometers are now operating in more than 100 laboratories around the world. Throughout his career, he has presented at numerous international symposia and lectured at universities around the world.

In his private life, he served on several boards and was a generous benefactor of numerous organizations, including the Foundation of the Optical Society of America, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy and the Hudson River. Sloop Clearwater, Inc. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater.

He was married twice, first to Nancy Grischkowsky in 1960. In 1984 he married Frieda Grischkowsky whom he is survived by their children, Timothy Daniel Grischkowsky, Daniela Genevieve Grischkowsky, both of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Stephanie Alyssa Grischkowsky, St. George, Utah, with her father, Oscar Edward Grischkowsky, Corvallis, Oregon, and her brother, Thomas Dean Grischkowsky, New York, New York.

He was known for his exquisite brilliance, his kindness, his genuine dry wit and his unique and charming sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family.


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