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Dr. Lyle Benjamin Borst 1912 - 2002

Professor of Physics at UB 1961-1983


Dr. Lyle Benjamin Borst died on July 30, 2002 at home in Williamsville, New York. He was born on November 24, 1912, received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1941; was a senior physicist at the Clinton Laboratories, Oak Ridge working on the Manhattan Project (1943-46); was the Chairman of the Department of Reactor Science and Engineering at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he designed and was in charge of the operation of the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor at the Laboratory (1946-51). He became Professor of Physics at the University of Utah (1951-53); the Chairman of the Department of Physics, College of Engineering at New York University (1956-61); a Professor of Physics at State University of New York at Buffalo (1961-83) and Professor Emeritus since 1983. From 1969 to 1974 he was Master of Clifford Furnas College at State University of New York at Buffalo. He was also a member of the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union and Chairman of the Niagara Frontier Chapter. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the A.A.A.S. He and other atomic scientists successfully lobbied to keep atomic energy under civilian control. He worked on the theory and practical uses of sub-critical power reactors. While at New York University he developed the "pickle barrel", the first teaching reactor which now resides at the Smithsonian Institution. In his retirement he wrote a series of monographs on megalithic archaeology. His wife of 63 years, Ruth Barbara, sons, John Benjamin and Stephen Lyle and their spouses, and his daughter, Frances Elizabeth Wright along with 7 grandchildren and four great grandchildren miss him very much.

Obituary courtesy of Frances Elizabeth Wright (daughter)


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